by Katrina Hapner, contributing writer for Telegraph Local
With staff of the hit television show Love Island, preparing to fly out of the country to begin filming the Winter 2020 edition, the news of Caroline Flack’s departure from the show has come as quite a shock. The next airing of Love Island is set to begin January 12th in South Africa and Flack was set to depart on New Year’s day to participate in the preparations for the next batch of love hopefuls. The show that has turned into a cultural phenomenon has been hosted by Caroline Flank since it’s onset in 2015.
Flack, who has also hosted “The X Factor” and “The Xtra Factor”, had also recently signed a deal to be the host of Love Island for twice a year indefinitely and is reportedly quite devastated. Caroline had also just signed an advertising deal in the six figures with Polaroid sunglasses, which was reported to be on hold for now. On a previous season of Love Island, Polaroid designed sunglasses for contestants, which were then available to buy online as well. A source from ITV stated that, “ITV has a long-standing relationship with Caroline and we understand and accept her decision. We will remain in contact with her over the coming months about future series of Love Island.”
The 40-year-old television host took to her Instagram on Tuesday, confirming that she was stepping down from the show for the upcoming season in order to not allow her personal life to “detract attention from the upcoming series.” Flack, who has over 2.3 million followers, went on to add, “There have been a significant number of media reports and allegations in regards to my personal life. While matters were not as have been reported, I am committed to co-operating with the appropriate authorities and I can’t comment further on these matters until the legal process is over.” She stated that Love Island was her whole “world” for five years and that it is “the best show on telly.” The star also wrote posts thanking her fans, family and friends saying, “On a really personal level. I have never experienced such kindness and love in my whole life.”
All of this comes after Flack was charged with assault by beating after Police had to be called to her home on Thursday, December 12th, “following a private domestic incident” at approximately 5 a.m. The incident reportedly involved a man being assaulted, according to London’s Metropolitan Police told CNN in a statement. It was also confirmed that the man was not injured seriously, but that two people were treated at the scene of the incident and one person was transported to the hospital. The BBC reported that the incident took place at Flack’s residence with boyfriend Lewis Burton, a tennis player.
Flack, who is out on bail, is slated to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrate’s Court on December 23, 2019. It was not immediately clear who will host the upcoming season of Love Island, but there are numerous unconfirmed reports of different people in talks with ITV.