Thursday 29 September 2016

'It's different but it's still a lot of fun' - Karen Koster is confident viewers will like the new Xpose

Sean O'Grady

Published 20/09/2016 | 09:06

Karen Koster at TV3's New Season AW16 launch at The National Concert Hall, Dublin
Karen Koster at TV3's New Season AW16 launch at The National Concert Hall, Dublin
(L to R) Ruth O'Neill, Karen Koster, Glenda Gilson and Cassie Stokes at TV3's New Season AW16 launch at The National Concert Hall, Dublin

She may have lost more than half of her on-air pals, but Karen Koster is confident viewers are going to love the new Xpose.

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TV3 sent shockwaves through showbiz circles when it announced it had axed three Xpose presenters.

Lisa Cannon and Aisling O'Loughlin, who had been with the show since its inception in 2006, and Peter O'Riordan - who joined the series in 2014 - were all given the chop.

Karen survived the cull along with Glenda Gilson and the show's new hosts Cassie Stokes and Ruth O'Neill, who were originally brought in to fill in for Karen and Aisling's maternity leave.

(L to R) Ruth O'Neill, Karen Koster, Glenda Gilson and Cassie Stokes at TV3's New Season AW16 launch at The National Concert Hall, Dublin
(L to R) Ruth O'Neill, Karen Koster, Glenda Gilson and Cassie Stokes at TV3's New Season AW16 launch at The National Concert Hall, Dublin

However, it's onwards and upwards for the Dublin woman, who is sure viewers will like the changes.

"It does feel different," she told the Diary. "But I think when viewers see the show, they are really going to like the changes and the new format."

The blonde acknowledged that - with a new line-up and a format change - the show is a different animal now.

However, she thinks it will only get better with time.

"It's different but it's still a lot of fun. I think they will really like what they see," she said.

Xpose has gone back to its original half-hour slot after trying out a one-hour format, but Karen insisted the workload would be just as much in the shorter show.

"It's still going to be an awful lot of work. Everything is going to be shorter and snappier, but it's still a lot of work," she said.

The mum-of-two has been back on the show for a few weeks now after finishing her maternity leave, and she's had to get used to the chaos again quickly.

"I'm loving it. I'm a few weeks in now and I am getting back into the routine. I slotted back in fairly easily.

"It's about trying to make everything run smoothly and get organised," she said.

"I don't know about anything down the line. It's chaotic at the moment with London Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week.

"You have to be flexible and be ready at any moment to jump on a plane."

Karen is married to businessman John McGuire. The pair tied the knot in 2013 in a romantic ceremony in Sicily after three years of dating.

Karen believes one of the most important components of a good marriage is not being afraid to slag each other off.

"You have to be able to slag each other. You have to be able to laugh at each other, honestly," she said.

"We always end up slagging each other. He would say he's better at it, but I've gotten better.

"I think I am beating him at his game when it comes to banter."

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