Celebrity Operation Transformation will show they’ve the same problems as the rest of us - Kathryn Thomas
Celebrity Operation Transformation presenter Kathryn Thomas has said the show will prove that Ireland’s “celebrities” have the same problems as everybody else.
In a promotional video for the show today, the Carlow presenter said for too long celebrities have been put on pedestals.
Legal eagle Gerald Kean (58) will join comedians Katherine Lynch and Karl Spain, TV3's Elaine Crowley and RTE Radio's Brenda Donohue for the fitness show due to air in September.
The celebrity solicitor Kean, who weighs 19 stone, has already said the majority of his meals are eaten at restaurants and social events, making it difficult to stay healthy.
Kathryn said today: “I am so looking forward to Celebrity Operation Transformation. This should have happened years ago because I think some of us tend to put “celebrities” on pedestals.”
“This programme will reassure everyone that they’ve got the same problems as the rest of us.”
The celebrities are set to be paid €5,000 for taking part in the series.
Following a similar format to the regular version, the show will challenge contestants to shed the pounds through a number of weekly challenges.
The celebrities will be helped by a panel of experts in the fields of fitness, nutrition and psychology.
Celebrity fitness trainer Karl Henry will be part of the celebrity show, however straight-talking Dr Eva Orsmond won't be involved as she has "too much on", she said.
The plan for Celebrity Operation Transformation will launch online on August 22.