'Channel 5 bosses thrilled with the viewer response to me', says TV3's Andrea Hayes
TV3's Andrea Hayes reunited with her old pal Richard Madeley when she appeared on Channel 5's The Wright Stuff this week.
She was invited onto the morning TV show to talk about her debut book, My Pain Free Life, and about her belief in "mind-over-matter".
Andrea (37) went down so well with viewers that producers even extended the segment so she could talk live on air with two callers who rang the show to talk about their experiences.
"I met Richard and Judy in Dublin back in 2013 at a book festival in Dun Laoghaire. I was there to interview Judy about her book Eloise. But I'd been in hospital that day and just had a procedure, so I had this big patch on my neck," she said.
"I was still a bit unsteady on my feet after being in hospital and when I got out there, I told organisers I wasn't feeling great.
"They said: 'There must be something in the air as Judy's feeling poorly too.' It ended up being a really good interview, she was a total pro. Afterwards she said: 'You should write a book as you're proof that you should never judge a book by its cover'.
"Then when I went on the show this morning, he remembered me and recalled that anecdote and said that Judy was so thrilled that I had written the book.
"I was only meant to be on the show for a short spell, but it ended up running for two segments as they got such a huge response from viewers, with a massive volume of calls about the topic. They were thrilled with the response."
For years, the Animal A&E presenter battled chronic pain before being diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder, chiari malformation 1, in 2013.
She wrote about her health battle and scored a best-seller with her book, which revealed how she uses self-hypnosis to help her deal with the pain and avoid taking medication.
Married to David Torpey, with whom she has one daughter Brooke (5), she's also concentrating on her TV career.
She has just signed up to film a new animal-related show for TV3 this summer.