Love Island’s Laura Whitmore has featured for just 14 minutes despite £600k pay

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.

TV host Laura Whitmore has been paid £600,000 to present Love Island but has featured for less than 14 minutes this season

TV host Laura Whitmore has been paid £600,000 to present Love Island but has featured for less than 14 minutes this seasonCredit: ITV
It means she has so far been paid some £744 a second for her work

It means she has so far been paid some £744 a second for her workCredit: Rex

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 held court on screen.

This year, the procedure has been handled through text messages. Laura’s absence has not gone unnoticed.

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One fan, Mimi, wrote online: “Where is Laura? 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.”

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Laura has hosted three episodes of the spin-off programme After Sun.

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Love Island said: “The host has never appeared in every episode.

Laura’s next arrival will be a surprise.”

The host's absence has not gone unnoticed

The host’s absence has not gone unnoticedCredit: Rex
Love Island said: “The host has never appeared in every episode"

Love Island said: “The host has never appeared in every episode”Credit: Rex