Laura Whitmore hosts Love Island for the first time in a MONTH

Laura Whitmore hosts Love Island for the first time in a MONTH
Laura Whitmore hosts Love Island for the first time in a MONTH

Laura Whitmore finally returned to the Love Island villa on Thursday's show, to host the Casa Amor recoupling.

And fans flocked to Twitter to joke that they'd forgotten she presented the series, given that it was her first appearance since episode one on June 28.

While Laura, 36, has been hosting Aftersun on Sunday nights, the presenter has been absent from the main show since the very first coupling up of the 2021 series.

'She’s only just shown up and it's episode 31!' Love Island fans claimed they 'FORGOT' Laura Whitmore hosts the show on Thursday as she appeared for the first time in a MONTH to 'earn her salary'

'She’s only just shown up and it's episode 31!' Love Island fans claimed they 'FORGOT' Laura Whitmore hosts the show on Thursday as she appeared for the first time in a MONTH to 'earn her salary'

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Yet she arrived looking pristine in a fuchsia and black patterned mini dress to oversee proceedings - which were cut short following Abi's betrayal by Toby and Mary.

Laura will be seen on Friday night's instalment as the recoupling continues - but this will still only be her third episode in the 32 that have aired on the series thus far.

One viewer tweeted: 'This got to be the easiest bag Laura Whitmore has ever made she’s only just shown up and its ep 31!'

A second penned: 'Omg finally Laura Whitmore is back, thought she had abandoned the series!'

Thanks for stopping by! Laura will be seen on Friday night's instalment as the recoupling continues - but this will still only be her third episode in the 32 that have aired on the series thus far

Thanks for stopping by! Laura will be seen on Friday night's instalment as the recoupling continues - but this will still only be her third episode in the 32 that have aired on the series thus far

'Nice of Laura Whitmore to come back and present the show for the first time in a month,' a third remarked.

'After 4 weeks they found Laura Whitmore!!' posted another.

Someone else penned: 'Laura Whitmore is finally here earning her salary!'

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One person remarked: 'After 4 weeks they found Laura Whitmore!!'

One person remarked: 'After 4 weeks they found Laura Whitmore!!'

Laura - who is reportedly being paid £600,000 to host the series - has not been present for any of the dumpings that have happened thus far and has only featured for 12 minutes of the programme over the last month.

The presenter's absence has been noted by fans of the show before now.

One joked earlier this month that she must have been 'furloughed', while another penned they 'totally forgot' she was the host.

While Laura, 36, has been hosting Aftersun on Sunday nights [pictured last weekend], the presenter has been absent from the main show since the very first coupling up of the 2021 series

While Laura, 36, has been hosting Aftersun on Sunday nights [pictured last weekend], the presenter has been absent from the main show since the very first coupling up of the 2021 series

Elusive: Laura - who is reportedly being paid £600,000 to host - has not been present for any of the dumpings and has only featured for 12minutes of the programme prior to Thursday's appearance

Elusive: Laura - who is reportedly being paid £600,000 to host - has not been present for any of the dumpings and has only featured for 12minutes of the programme prior to Thursday's appearance

Taking to Twitter, viewers noted: 'Laura Whitmore gets £600k to present love island and I genuinely can’t remember the last time I saw her in the villa!'

'Is Laura Whitmore on furlough this series orrr?' another wrote.

'Is Laura Whitmore in this series? like at all? They just keep sending texts,' another posted.

'Not Laura Whitmore getting presenter credits while never showing up!' another penned.

Laura was flown back to Spain for the Casa Amor fallout, which saw Abi choose to stay loyal to Toby, only for the consistently-flakey footballer to turn up holding

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