Maya Jama 'quits major BBC hosting role' following Love Island success

Maya Jama ‘quits major BBC hosting role’ following Love Island success which has seen presenter send ratings of spin-off Aftersun soaring

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Maya Jama has reportedly quit her presenting role on BBC Three’s Glow Up following her success as the new host of Love Island.

The television star, 28, has replaced Laura Whitmore as the new face of ITV’s Love Island for this January’s series, which started last week.

And the star – who has been given more screen time than former host on the main show and has sent the ratings of Aftersun soaring – is said to have decided against returning to Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star, which sees make-up artists compete in a variety of challenges.

Moving on: Maya Jama, 28, has reportedly quit her presenting role on BBC Three’s Glow Up following her success as the new host of Love Island (pictured on Aftersun)

Maya took over the role from documentary maker and former Strictly Come Dancing winner Stacey Dooley in 2021 and returned for the 2022 series.

But, according to The Sun, insiders claim Maya will not be returning to the make-up show for another run.

The BBC and a representative for Maya both declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline.

Last stop: Maya is said to have decided against returning to Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star (pictured for BBC Three show)

It comes after Maya’s signing as Love Island host sent viewers into a frenzy – with more tuning in to watch her on spin-off show Aftersun than Sunday night’s episode.

The presenter, 28, has taken over the role from Laura Whitmore and is already a hit with fans after the winter series kicked off last week.

And Maya’s first time fronting Aftersun proved to be a roaring success as initial ratings reported a peak of 1.82million tuning into the show – compared to the 1.51million watching Love Island.  

Tuning in: Maya’s signing as Love Island host has sent viewers into a frenzy – with more tuning in to watch her on spin-off show Aftersun than Sunday night’s episode

‘Spin-off shows are certainly not meant to be the main event. They sit alongside the main show to make use of extra footage, steer narrative or ramp up noise around a programme,’ a source told The Sun.

‘So no one ever expects the sister show to exceed the main show in figures. Maya is proving to be the shot in the arm Love Island really needs right now.’  

MailOnline contacted ITV for comment.

Smashing it: Maya’s first time fronting Aftersun proved to be a roaring success as initial ratings reported a peak of 1.82million tuning into the show – compared to the 1.51million

Maya looked incredible on the show, opting for a bold hot pink dress with a daring cutout by Hanifa, that showed some serious skin – in what is her latest raciest wardrobe choice.  

Her toned stomach was on full display in the revealing off-the-shoulder number, which she paired with matching pink high heels.

Maya is currently winning in the TV world as Love Island bosses granted her 50 percent more airtime than previous host Laura, 37.

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    After just four episodes, Maya had already been featured in the hit TV show for 19 minutes and 55 seconds.  

    In the same episode of the last series, Laura had only clocked up 13 minutes and 26 seconds.

    Debates over the host’s timeframes on set have been about since Caroline Flack, 40, first began presenting Love Island in 2015.

    Laura’s husband, Iain Stirling, 34, even made a joke during the Love Island series.

    And during episode one, Iain could be heard on the voiceover cracking a joke by saying, ‘She could’ve just sent a text, but we wanted to get our money’s worth out of that return flight to Cape Town.’  

    And Maya doesn’t plan to stop there because, according to The Sun, Maya has said she intends to visit the new South African villa as often as she possibly can.

    However, she has also stated that she will be in London each Sunday to present Love Island’s spin-off show Aftersun.

    LOVE ISLAND 2023: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

    Tanya Manhenga 

    Name: Tanya Manhenga

    Age: 22

    Location: Liverpool

    Occupation: Student and model

    Something not many people know about her: ‘I have Vitiligo, which is a skin pigmentation, you may not even notice it.’

    ‘It’s on my lip and I have a stripe on my hair. Not many people know that but I think it’s quite cute.’

    ‘I don’t care about covering it up all the time, I think it’s a vibe.’

    Lana Jenkins 

    Name: Lana Jenkins

    Age: 25

    Location: Luton

    Occupation: Makeup artist

    Something not many people know about her: ‘In my work as a makeup artist I’ve worked with lots of celebrities.

    ‘Also, when I was 6-years-old I used to live in Spain and I was in an episode of Benidorm as an extra.’

    Anna-May Robey 

    Name: Anna-May Robey

    Age: 20

    Location: Swansea

    Occupation: Payroll assistant

    Something not many people know about her: ‘I went on a date once and I never saw him again.’

    ‘We went for food and shared a bottle of wine. As I was speaking to him he fell asleep!’

    ‘I had to clink his wine glass to wake him up.’

    Tanyel Revan

    Name: Tanyel Revan

    Age: 26

    Location: North London

    Occupation: Hair stylist

    Something not many people know about her: ‘My celebrity crush is Channing Tatum – I don’t like pretty boys, they give me the ‘ick’ because they always have a crap personality.’

    ‘Channing Tatum is handsome but not too pretty. He’s manly and he can dance.’

    ‘If a man can dance I’m in love with him straight away.’

    Olivia Hawkins

    Name: Olivia Hawkins

    Age: 27

     Location: Brighton

    Occupation: Ring girl and actress

    Something not many people know about her: ‘I did a film with Jason Statham and had a nice 10-minute convo about life.’

    ‘I’ve been a ring girl for KSI, I played a waitress in James Bond with Daniel Craig and I’ve also been a body double for Michelle Keegan and Emma Watson.’

    Tom Clare

     Name: Tom Clare

     Age: 23

    Location: Barnsley

    Occupation: Semi-Pro Footballer

    Something not many people know about him: I’m a High School Musical fan

    David Salako

    Name: David Salako

    Age: 24

    Location: Essex

    Occupation: Money adviser 

    Something not many people know about him: ‘I can sing, but I will never sing! I just haven’t got the confidence to do it.’

    Aaron Waters

    Name: Aaron Waters

    Age: 25

    Location: Melbourne

    Occupation: Model

    Someting not many people know about him: He thinks his appearance on Love Island UK was ‘diving timing’ 

    Kai Fagan 

     Name: Kai Fagan

    Age: 24

    Location: Manchester

    Occupation: Science and PE teacher

    Something not many people know about him: ‘I’m a Jamaican citizen. Because of that I played rugby 7s for Jamaica.’

    ‘I play semi-professional rugby now for Burnage RFC.’

    ‘I’ve technically got three different degrees and went to three different unis.’

    Ron Hall

     Name: Ron Hall

    Age: 25

    Location: Essex

    Occupation: Financial advisor 

    Something not many people know about him: ‘On meeting me, you’d never know I am blind in one eye.’

    ‘It was the result of a football injury when I was 8. I’ve got two different coloured eyes, one blue and one green.’

    Will Young

     Name: Will Young

    Age: 23

    Location: Buckinghamshire

    Occupation: Farmer

    Something not many people know about him: ‘Every night I light a candle and meditate for 20-25 minutes.’

    ‘A girl I was seeing told me to meditate, I tried it and loved it. I stopped seeing her and carried on meditating!

    ‘It’s a nice way to self reflect.’ 

    Shaq Muhammad

    Name: Shaq Muhammad

    Age: 24

     Location: London

    Occupation: Airport security officer

    Something not many people know about him: ‘I’m a very emotional person. It can be a blessing and a curse.’  

    ‘Every time I watch Dear John I cry. 

    That’s my favourite film. Any time I’m with someone and they say, ‘Let’s watch a romantic film’, I’m like, ‘How about Dear John, how does that sound?’

    Haris Namani

    Name: Haris Namani

    Age: 21

     Location: Doncaster

    Occupation: TV salesman

    Something not many people know about him: ‘I’ve never found love. I think this is the show that can help me.’

    ‘It’s the best opportunity for me to find the girl and find the right one. I’ve obviously not found the right one myself.’

    Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown

    Name: Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown

    Age: 25

    Location: London

    Occupation: Model and property developer

    Something not many people know about her: ‘I’ve gone onto do lots of modelling and dancing for music videos for UK and global artists, I’ve worked with people like Hardy Caprio, Headie One, Aitch, Tione Wayne and more.’

    Jessie Wynter

    Name: Jessie Wynter

    Age: 26

    Location: Sydney

    Occupation: Personal Trainer

    Something you may not know about her: She was on series two of Love Island Australia

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