With Laura Whitmore replacing Caroline as host, the show is now at the centre of a race row – with insiders claiming that bosses “decided not to diversify” when it came to appointing a new host.
Maya Jama and Rochelle Humes were both said to be in the running for the job.
A source told The Sun: “They’ve swapped one blonde white woman for another blonde white woman.”
They added: “This was a golden opportunity to make a bold statement but it has been missed.”
The source added that questions “about diversity” have been raised before, but they appear to have fallen on deaf ears.
They continued: “Several people internally have made the point, but they weren’t listened to.”
ED! contacted ITV for comment.
Instead, Laura is said to have signed a £500k deal to replace her pal for the upcoming winter series, which is set to be filmed in South Africa and starts on January 12.
They’ve swapped one blonde white woman for another blonde white woman.
Caroline took to Instagram and revealed she was “glad it was Laura”.
While the Irish star also broke her silence and said, although she was “excited” about the role, she wished it was in “better circumstances”.
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