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Who could replace Caroline Flack as Love Island host after she steps down following assault charge?

The new series begins in just a few weeks

A string of presenters have been put forward to replace Caroline Flack as host of winter Love Island next month.

On Tuesday, Caroline announced she was stepping down from series six of the reality show after being arrested and charged with assault following an alleged row with her tennis star boyfriend Lewis Burton.

In a statement to The Sun, the presenter said "in order to not detract attention from the upcoming series" she feels the best thing she can do is "to stand down for series six".

Caroline has stepped down from hosting the winter version of Love Island next month (Credit: ITV2)

Read more: Caroline Flack announces she's standing down from Love Island after assault charge

She added: "I want to wish the incredible team working on the show a fantastic series in Cape Town."

It's gotta be Maya Jama as temporary Love Island host BECAUSE SHE'S ACE.

A source added: "She is determined to clear her name. But Love Island has been her world so it’s, of course, an absolute blow."

ITV has not yet confirmed who will replace Caroline on the new series but fans have taken to Twitter to suggest who should take over.

Many are predicting Maya Jama could host the show - which will be filmed in South Africa next month - and bookies Paddy Power has placed odds on her hosting the show at 6/4.

Some fans want Maya to replace Caroline (Credit: SplashNews.com)

One person said: "It's gotta be Maya Jama as temporary #LoveIsland host BECAUSE SHE'S ACE go on ITV DO IT."

Another wrote: "Eh Caroline Flack has stood down from the next series of #loveisland, MAYA JAMA IT IS YOUR TIME TO SHINE GIRL."

A third added: "I would vote Maya Jama for #LoveIsland host if there was an election tbh."

Others suggested This Morning regular Rochelle Humes should host the show.

Other names that have been suggested are I'm A Celebrity star Emily Atack (6/1), This Morning host Holly Willoughby and presenting duo Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly (both at 20/1).

Former Islander Maura Higgins has odds of 3/1 while bookies are also tipping Laura Whitmore at 5/1.

It comes after Caroline shared a statement to Instagram which said: "On a really personal level. I have never experienced such kindness and love in my whole life.

"Not just from friends and family who are always the greatest... but also from total strangers who send messages to me offering help and understanding.

"Please know that I see them.. and my boyfriend Lewis... I love you."

Last week, a Met Police spokesperson said in a statement: "Caroline Flack, 40, of Islington was charged on Friday, 13 December with assault by beating. She will appear on bail at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 23 December.

Fans think Rochelle could be a good replacement (Credit: Brett D. Cove / SplashNews.com)

Read more: Caroline Flack is 'co-operating with police' following arrest

"This follows an incident at approximately 05:25hrs on Thursday, 12 December after reports of a man being assaulted. He was not seriously injured."

Caroline and Lewis started dating earlier this year and made their relationship official in August.

Earlier this week, Lewis defended Caroline on Instagram saying: "I'm tired of the lies and abuse aimed at my girlfriend. This is not a witch hunt this is someone's life.

"Caroline is the most lovely girl. Loyal and kind. She doesn't deserve any of this."

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