The Romance Retreat: Martin Lewis denies rumours that he will present middle-aged Love Island spin-off

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It was speculated that money saving expert Martin Lewis could be the host of a Love Island spin-off coming to ITV

Martin Lewis has shut down rumours that he could be the host of an ITV spin-off of Love Island.

The money saving expert, 50, from Manchester, has denied that he was approached by ITV to present the new show titled 'The Romance Retreat' after speculation online.

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The new show is expected to follow the same format as Love Island, complete with a luxury villa, but is aimed at single parents.

ITV has released a casting call for “vibrant single parents” looking for love, with the catch being they can only be nominated by their children.

Martin Lewis with the TV Expert award in the winners' room at the National Television Awards 2022 at OVO Arena Wembley on October 13, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)Martin Lewis with the TV Expert award in the winners' room at the National Television Awards 2022 at OVO Arena Wembley on October 13, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Martin Lewis with the TV Expert award in the winners' room at the National Television Awards 2022 at OVO Arena Wembley on October 13, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images) | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Speaking on BBC Radio5 Live, Lewis shut down the rumours saying: “Nobody has approached me about doing this show in any way, shape, size or form. It has not been even muttered to me or whispered in my ear.

“I doubt many people are particularly surprised about that. Let me say categorically, were it to be whispered in my ear that ‘Martin do you want to present over 50’s love Island?’ I would politely say no thank you.

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“I do not say I will never present stuff that is outside the field of money, but I think that show is not suited to my particular more analytical form of journalism.”

Fans of the financial journalist were disappointed as they joked they would have loved to see him hand out money saving tips to the contestants.

One person wrote: “No, Martin. If this opportunity pops up, you would be amazing!”

Another said: “It would be great. When they get a text message it could be a useful money-saving tip each time.”

A third wrote: “Can’t think of a better presenter for it.”

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A fourth joked: “You'd be walking around after them turning all the lights off.”

Former Big Brother host Davina McCall is another person who has been touted as a potential host.

The Romance Retreat could be coming to our screens in late 2023 or in early 2024.

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