LOVE Island host Laura Whitmore has featured for less than 14 minutes this series — despite being thought to earn £600,000 to present the show.
So far, 1,610 minutes of footage — almost 27 hours — has been broadcast from the villa at this halfway point and fans want to see more of the Irish presenter.
Laura, 37, has appeared on the main show for just 13 minutes and 26 seconds — or just 0.8 per cent of the action — up until last night’s show.
It means she has so far been paid some £744 a second for her work on the main ITV2 programme.
Four contestants have already been dumped from the villa after public votes — opportunities where, in the past, Laura or former host the late Caroline Flack had sometimes held court on screen.
The format has not gone unnoticed.
One fan, Mimi, wrote online: “Where is Laura Whitmore? All of this texting looks stupid.”
Daniel added: “I’d love to have Laura Whitmore’s job. We haven’t seen her since episode one.”
Laura has hosted three episodes of the spin-off programme After Sun.
Following criticism last year, Laura posted a video ahead of the new series where she said: “Shall we get this out of the way, then we can enjoy the juicy bits!”
The comment read: “I think it’s ridiculous that Laura Whitmore flies back and forth – send the guests there!”
Laura responded: ““The villa is Mallorca and Aftersun is London. This is the situation for any host, always has been. I have it in my contract to offset carbon emissions.”
Laura then moved on to her wage, commenting: “Firstly, Iain has never had attention on money he earns. Why don’t we like women earning money?
“I b****y wish I earned what was written in the press! I only get paid days I work.”
Love Island said: “As regular viewers of Love Island will know, the host has never appeared in every episode of the series. As always, Laura’s next arrival will be a surprise to the Islanders and viewers alike.”
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