Self-confessed reality TV fanatic Sophie Monk has addressed rumours she won’t be returning as host of Channel 9’s Love Island Australia next year.
The beloved media personality has taken up a new role as host of Channel 9’s Beauty and The Geek, but it has not been announced whether she will also resume her hosting duties on the sexiest show on TV, Love Island.
Speaking to news.com.au, Sophie all but confirmed rumours she’ll be replaced as host, and is instead shifting her focus to the “dorkier” side of reality TV romance.
The former Bachelorette said she was looking forward to Beauty and The Geek due to the comedy side of the format, which in previous iterations, has included a selection of introverted, nerdy guys paired with Instagram influencer-types.
Viewers lapped up the quirky show, which was first created by Ashton Kutcher in the US, over on Channel 7 before it wrapped up six years ago.
As announced in September, the show will return in 2021 on a new network with Sophie at the helm. The full announcement of Nine’s 2021 schedule, however, did not include any reference to her hosting Love Island.
“I’m just hosting on (Beauty and The Geek) at the moment, so it’s not a no but it’s not a yes,” Sophie told us of her hosting duties next year.
“I’m just going to take next year as it comes,” she added.
“It’s just been a crazy time … I’m just going to focus on this show and then reassess I guess.”
The former actress said she was thrilled to be approached to host Channel 9’s relaunch of the show.
“I’m a very huge fan of reality … as soon as someone says the R-word I’m in,” she explained of saying yes to the job.
“I was already a big fan of the show as well so I was like ‘Yes please’. It’s just so me. It’s a very cute love show with some comedy in it.
“(The show’s creators) even said to me ‘you’re a bit like a beauty and the geek yourself’ … I don’t know if that’s a compliment, I’m more of a dork. I wouldn’t say I’m a geek because I’m not smart,” she joked.
While casting is still underway, she gave us a taste of what viewers can expect when it premieres next year.
“It’s the producers of Married At First Sight, so that should be really fun. They’re a great production team and will bring something different to the show.”
After two seasons of steamy scenes and partner swapping n Love Island, it’ll be quite the shift from gym-junkies to brainiacs, Sophie admits.
“They’re completely different shows – obviously Love Island is young, sexy singles that go to the gym a lot and Beauty and the Geek will bring in the geeks.
“I mean I love both shows, but the difference with this is there’s a lot of comedy, because they’re all completely from different walks of life.”
While she’s certainly not afraid to admit she’s reality TV-obsessed, there is one show Sophie won’t be saying yes to anytime soon.
“I love reality shows but that one looks pretty full on. I couldn’t do it … I walk up the stairs and I’m exhausted,” she said, adding that she has been watching along from home and feeling the burn.
“When I was watching it I was starting to get a stitch. I said to my boyfriend I felt like I was burning calories watching them, so yeah I think that’s the one reality show I wouldn’t do. No one’s pushing me out of a helicopter.”
Speaking of what else is on the cards for 2021, the former Bardot singer said 2021 could see fans blessed with new music.
“You know, I go to a party and people are like ‘please don’t put your playlist on’ so I might think it’s amazing but others might not,” she teased, adding that she’s a huge fan of “90s music and jazz” among her eclectic selection.
“I’ve done some meetings so it looks like it might be happening, but not for a little bit,” she said of the expected release date.
Sophie has also been working with snack company Slim Secrets on the release of a new chocolate protein brownie with collagen.
“It’s just a better alternative, for me, I’m good in the day then I get to around 8 or 9 and I just want to have a binge eat,” she said.
“The brownies are awesome because you feel like you’re being naughty but you’re not.”
She said they’ve been a welcome pantry addition after lockdown threw a spanner in her usual routine.
“I definitely blew out, I just didn’t post it,” she said of the extra time spent at home, where the snacks are aplenty.
“I saw all these people doing yoga, and all that stuff and im like ‘I’m not doing yoga in my house … this is the time you’re allowed to get comfy and chubby’”, she joked.