Ariana Madix's Bombshell Next Career Move? Love Island USA Host

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Originally appeared on E! Online

Ariana Madix is returning to the Love Island USA villa with an impressive new title.

In fact, following her recent Broadway debut in as Roxy Hart in Chicago, the Vanderpump Rules star announced that she's stepping in to host the upcoming sixth season of the hit Peacock reality dating competition series.

"Talk about a bombshell," Madix shared in a March 29 Instagram video. "This summer I'm trading rhinestone buckles for bikinis. I'm hosting the next season of Love Island USA streaming this summer on Peacock. I can't wait to stir up some trouble in paradise."

A self-professed Love Island superfan, Madix made her debut on the series last year with a special cameo on season five. During the July 25 appearance, the 38-year-old hosted of the game "Mr. and Mrs." as the contestants answered personal questions about their date.

And, yes, she made sure to poke fun at her messy breakup from ex Tom Sandoval in the wake of his cheating scandal (a.k.a. Scandoval).

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"I can't wait to see who's actually been taking the time to get to know one another," Madix told the islanders, "because, take it from me, it's important to know who you're dating or sharing a bed with."

She added, "And if they're not the one for you, trust me, it's better to find out sooner rather than later."

Madix will be replacing former Love Island USA host Sarah Hyland. The Modern Family star recently addressed speculation she wouldn't be returning for another season.

Ariana Madix, Love Island USA Season 5
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"I'm disappointed the news had to break this way but it is in fact true that I will not be returning to the island this summer," Hyland wrote on Instagram March 27. "I have committed to an exciting project that will be announced soon that conflicts directly with the shooting dates for Love Island USA."

"While I'm sad I can't return," she concluded, "I hope to see lots of love this summer on Peacock this upcoming season!"

While fans wait to see Madix host the new season of Love Island USA this summer, keep reading for a status check on all of the show's couples.

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Cely Vazquez & Johnny Middlebrooks: Split

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The two found love on season two of Love Island USA, which aired in summer 2020. They announced their breakup in January 2021.


Zac Mirabelli & Elizabeth Weber: Split

<p>Zac Mirabelli & Elizabeth Weber: Split</p>


Dylan Curry & Alex Stewart: Split

<p>Dylan Curry & Alex Stewart: Split</p>


Caro Viee & Ray Gantt: Split

<p>Caro Viee & Ray Gantt: Split</p>


Kyra Green & Cashel Barnett: Split

<p>Kyra Green & Cashel Barnett: Split</p>


Weston Richey & Emily Salch: Split

<p>Weston Richey & Emily Salch: Split</p>

Despite the other couples in the villa and most of America not fully believing in their future, Weston and Emily managed to date IRL for a bit before going their separate ways. While neither publicly commented on the split, Emily revealed in an Instagram post that she was spending Valentine's Day solo.


Jess Harding & Sammy Root: Split

<p>Jess Harding & Sammy Root: Split</p>


Finley Tapp & Paige Turley: Split

<p>Finley Tapp & Paige Turley: Split</p>


Luke Trotman & Siânnise Fudge: Split

<p>Luke Trotman & Siânnise Fudge: Split</p>

Winter Love Island 2020's Siânnise and Luke found love in the villa and, after coming in second place on their season, went on to date for about a year before ultimately breaking up in November 2021.


Callum Jones & Molly Smith: Split

<p>Callum Jones & Molly Smith: Split</p>


Nas Majeed & Eva Zapico: Still Together

<p>Nas Majeed & Eva Zapico: Still Together</p>


Luke Abbott & Demi Jones: Split

<p>Luke Abbott & Demi Jones: Split</p>


Ched Uzor & Jessica Gale: Split

<p>Ched Uzor & Jessica Gale: Split</p>

Season six's low-key pair came in fourth place, going on to date for several months before breaking up in June 2020.

"To confirm, myself and Ched have split, we are still good friends and I wish him all the best x," Jess informed her Instagram followers. "Thanks for all the support you have given us since the villa."


Amber Gill & Greg O'Shea: Split

<p>Amber Gill & Greg O'Shea: Split</p>


Molly-Mae Hague & Tommy Fury: Still Together

<p>Molly-Mae Hague & Tommy Fury: Still Together</p>


Curtis Pritchard & Maura Higgins: Split

<p>Curtis Pritchard & Maura Higgins: Split</p>


Ovie Soko & India Reynolds: Split

<p>Ovie Soko & India Reynolds: Split</p>


Lucie Donlan & Joe Garratt: Split

<p>Lucie Donlan & Joe Garratt: Split</p>


Anton Danyluk & Belle Hassan: Split

<p>Anton Danyluk & Belle Hassan: Split</p>


Camilla Thurlow & Jamie Jewitt: Married

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Dom Lever & Jess Rose: Married

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<p>Talk about the ultimate <em>Love Island </em>success story: season two's winning pair after meeting in the villa in 2015.</p> <p>After Cara learned she was pregnant with their first child in May 2017, the couple briefly split before reconciling and welcoming their son, <strong>Freddie</strong>, in December 2017. Nathan proposed to Cara in July 2018, bringing her back to the place where it all began—the villa, of course—to pop the question.</p> <p>The duo exchanged vows in June 2019 and welcomed daughter <strong>Delilah</strong> in July 2020.</p>


Alex Bowen & Olivia Buckland: Married

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