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Ryan Tubridy defends Laura Whitmore who is 'doing a fine job'

'She’s getting quite a tough time for whatever reasons'
Laura Whitmore attending the National Television Awards (Ian West/PA)

Laura Whitmore attending the National Television Awards (Ian West/PA)

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Ryan Tubridy has come out in a blazing defence of Laura Whitmore, saying people should “leave her well enough alone”.

Tubs was reacting to criticism the Love Island presenter after viewers slammed the reunion show as "awkward” and “anticlimactic”.

Fans eagerly tuned in on Sunday night, when the season seven contestants reunited for the first time since leaving the villa.

But the hour and a half long special, hosted by Laura, was slammed on social media which prompted the Bray native to explain that the questions she asked on the night were pre-approved.

She also said that it was not her job to organise where the Islanders sat on the night and revealed the contestants were nervous and weren’t allowed alcohol “unlike previous years”.

Speaking on his RTÉ Radio 1 show on Thursday morning, Ryan said: “Laura Whitmore is getting an awful time in the UK at the moment.

“It seems to be about Love Island, which obviously I haven’t watched but I realised how popular it is, and she’s the presenter of that. She’s getting quite a tough time for whatever reasons.”

“My inclination is that for whatever reason, people seem to be reading her role as presenter versus a programme creator and producer – from my interpretation, speaking to my Love Island correspondents at home.”

“People should leave her well enough alone. She’s one of ours, she’s over there, flying the flag. It’s not easy, when you become the fodder for an angry mob.”

“I’d be inclined to square behind one of our compatriots who is over there doing a fine job, thank you very much,” Ryan added.

An ITV spokesperson praised Laura for doing “a fantastic job” hosting the dating show, amid reports Love Island bosses want former contestant Maura Higgins or Maya Jama to take over next summer.

“Laura has done a fantastic job at the helm of the show this year and no discussions have yet taken place with regard to the next series,” the spokesperson said.

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