Vanessa Feltz has revealed she would jump at the chance to host a ‘middle-aged’ version of Love Island.
ITV recently announced they are casting single parents who are ‘in search of love’ for a new dating show.
The show will be called The Romance Retreat and will see contestants stay at a luxurious villa in a bid to find love.
Speaking in an interview with Betway, Vanessa, 61, said she ‘of course’ would love to host the show but stopped short of offering herself up as a contestant.
She said: ‘I think the nation has been very, very good to me over the years. I think the lovely, beautiful nation of viewers need to be spared the sight of me in a bikini!’
New gig? Vanessa Feltz has revealed she would jump at the chance to host a ‘middle-aged’ version of Love Island
Split: Vanessa is recently single again following her split from ex-fiancé Ben Ofoedu, who later admitted to cheating on her
It seems the show is very similar to it’s Love Island concept, however it remains unclear if winners of The Romance Retreat will win a cash prize at the end of the series.
Vanessa is recently single again following her split from ex-fiancé Ben Ofoedu, who later admitted to cheating on her.
The broadcaster said she has had ‘unbelivable’ support from the public since she announced the couple were going their separate ways.
She said: ‘I just cannot believe it. I’ve honestly had thousands of direct messages on Instagram, all of them absolutely lovely. I’ve heard from every single famous woman in the country, except Queen Camilla.
‘I think she’s the only one, but everyone else has been just reaching out. My friends and family obviously have been incredible. I’ve really felt a proper outpouring of warmth and love. I didn’t expect it.
‘I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed, it’s been amazing. Thank you very much to everybody who’s been so lovely to me. It’s meant the world to me, absolutely meant the world to me.
‘I’ve now got 347,000 Instagram followers in just one year. I used to have an £8 Nokia and now I can use social media. I think that’s pretty good.’
Elsewhere during the chat, Vanessa reminisced on her stint on Celebrity Big Brother back in 2001 and said she is looking forward to the show’s revival on ITV2 later this year.
Show: ITV recently announced they are casting single parents who are ‘in search of love’ for a new dating show
She said: ‘I’ve said many, many times that if Shakespeare were alive today. I’m quite certain he’d be watching it. It’s a great guide to human life and human behaviour.
‘It was absolutely fascinating and I never for one minute regretted doing it, even though I cried and I wrote on the table. My kids say that I was the first person to sob on a reality TV show, which is something I can claim for the rest of my life.
‘It will probably be engraved on my tombstone. I’m a huge fan, so I can’t wait to watch it.’
It comes after Vanessa admitted life ‘isn’t easy’ after the split.
The star shared a video to Instagram where she revealed she ‘can’t sleep in the middle of the night’ but hopes it will get better.
While enjoying dinner at the Brasserie Of Light restaurant within London’s Selfridges, she was asked by a friend, ‘Vanessa, you’re looking great but how do you really feel?’
After pulling an emotional expression, she replied: ‘Well, no one said it was going to be easy and I must say it isn’t easy actually, especially in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep and all of that.
‘But I’m keeping on, keeping on and I’ve got lots and lots of friends and family around me and I’m really loving that.
Happier times: Ben and Vanessa had been together for 17 years (pictured in March 2022 before the split)
‘Everyday I suppose I hope it’s going to get a little bit easier but thank you for asking.’
It comes after the woman who Ben reportedly strayed with told MailOnline for the first time how she sent a bombshell email to Vanessa, followed by an ‘awkward’ phone call, in which she blew the whistle on Ben’s ‘serial womanising’.
Ben’s fling told Vanessa she had been ‘hopelessly in love’ with him after a series of steamy encounters in Ibiza and Thailand.
But she insisted that the BBC Radio 2 host deserved to know her partner had tried to seduce at least three other younger women.
The successful businesswoman – who bears a close resemblance to Vanessa – said she initially had no idea that Ben had a long-term partner when her romance with him began, and she broke off the relationship as soon as she found out.
But beach club owner and restaurateur Ella, 59, who does not wish to use her real name, described him as ‘an octopus who has no respect for women’ and said she wanted to set the record straight after he ‘peddled lies’ about their year-long fling.
After the email, Ella and Vanessa had a ‘difficult’ phone conversation during which Vanessa told her that what she and Ofoedu had done was ‘very wrong’.
In the email, Ella wrote to Vanessa: ‘I was aware of his relationship with you, and I felt very guilty but he pursued me so much I couldn’t resist his charm.
Support: The broadcaster said she has had ‘unbelivable’ support from the public since she announced the couple were going their separate ways (pictured in 2019)
‘I was terrified sending that email,’ said Ella, ‘and even more so when Vanessa called me back.
‘I completely understood her anger at me and I certainly didn’t respond angrily to her, but it was a very awkward conversation.’
Despite the revelations about Ben’s behaviour in the email and phone call, Vanessa apparently decided to forgive him.
Last month however, Vanessa announced she had finally dumped him after a series of other illicit relationships emerged.
Mother-of-one Ella remained silent for six years, but only decided to speak out after she said Ben insulted her in his toe-curling mea culpa interview, in which he described their relationship as ‘purely sexual with no feelings involved’ and – most disparagingly – that sex with her was ‘almost a chore’.