‘Love Island USA’: Arielle Vandenberg Hints at Not Returning as Host Following Move to Peacock
Host Arielle Vandenberg and narrator Matt Hoffman have held their respective positions on Love Island (USA) since it premiered in 2019. However, the dating reality series is moving from CBS to Peacock, and it might also tap new talent. Vandenberg recently hinted at not returning as the host.
‘Love Island USA’ is moving to Peacock from CBS
Following season 3, it was announced that Love Island (USA) would move from CBS to the streaming service Peacock.
Based on the UK show of the same name, the dating reality series has been renewed for two more seasons. Each will consist of 40 episodes.
Deadline pointed out the irregularity of reality shows moving networks, especially one that hadn’t gotten canceled yet. However, the publication reports that CBS wanted the format changed due to requirements for several weekly episodes over the summer.
With the network cutting the number of episodes, ITV America decided to move the dating series over to Peacock. The change means the show will include “naughtier” and “steamier” challenges for the singles to complete. Viewers can also expect the multiple weekly episodes that will air in “real-time.”
Host Arielle Vandenberg hints at not returning for Peacock hosted ‘Love Island USA’
A Love Island fan account posted a question asking if the host and narrator would return to the Peacock-hosted reality show.
Vandenberg voted from her verified Instagram account, “who cares?!” (via Reddit).
While some fans believe she’s a good host and enjoys her looks, others don’t think she adds anything to the show. Viewers are also torn on the narrator Hoffman as some like his narration and others don’t like his “badly written jokes.”
The host and narrator for the Peacock-hosted Love Island will likely be announced around the time the cast is finalized. The season is scheduled to premiere in the summer of 2022.
‘Love Island USA’ has had three seasons on CBS
Love Island USA will premiere in summer 2022. It’s unclear if host Arielle Vandenberg and narrator Matt Hoffman will return or if Peacock will tap new talent for the switch.
The two have held their respective positions on the reality series since its inception in 2019. Season 1 only featured 22 episodes and ended with Zac Mirabelli and Elizabeth Weber crowned the winners, recieving a $100,000 grand prize.
The series was renewed for a second season while the first still aired, even though the ratings didn’t meet CBS’s expectations. After a three-month delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, season 2 premiered in August 2020. The show moved from Fiji to Las Vegas and upped the number of episodes and singles, but still fell in the ratings. It ended with Justine Ndiba and Caleb Corprew voted the winners.
Season 3 premiered in July 2021 and was filmed in Hawaii. Although the episode amount remained the same, the series included more contestants, with Olivia Kaiser and Korey Gandy walking away as the winners. It also fell in the ratings, though much less significantly from season 2.