LOVE Island fans have praised Laura Whitmore following the show's emotional live finale.
The presenter, 34, has been inundated with messages of support after paying tribute to Caroline Flack.
During Sunday's episode, Laura introduced a touching eulogy for Caroline.
The 40-year-old former host passed away last Saturday at her home in London, and the Islanders were told about her death off-camera ahead of the final.
The Irish star was announced as Caroline's replacement shortly after she stepped down as host.
Fans have since taken to Twitter to praise Laura's hosting efforts – despite the difficult circumstances.
One said: "I have the greatest respect for Laura Whitmore. To finish a series & stand & present a live show just days after her close friend passed away is something quite incredible Sparkling heart what an amazing woman. @thewhitmore."
Another wrote: "@thewhitmore massive shoutout to you, we all know how difficult the last week has been and how extra difficult tonight must have been but you did amazing and everyone is supporting you so much."
A third commented: "@thewhitmore you have done your friend @carolineflack1 so very proud both you and Ian will make sure her memory is kept alive with love island I’m sure how you both have kept things together I do not know Two hearts #BeKind."
A fourth fan said: "How amazing did @thewhitmore do tonight Smiling face with heart-shaped eyes she is so amazing Caroline would have been so proud."
Laura held back tears while opening Caroline's tribute, saying: "The past week has been extremely difficult, coming to terms with the loss of our friend and colleague, Caroline.
"We're thinking of her family and everyone who knew her at this time.
"Caroline loved Love Island, she loved love and that's why tonight's final is dedicated to her."
The hit ITV2 programme was taken off air for two nights following her tragic death.
It returned on Monday evening with an emotional tribute from the show’s narrator Iain Stirling.
The devastated comedian fought back tears as he described the late star as a "true friend" and said he was going to miss her.
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