Tuesday 27 September 2016

TV3 star Lucy Kennedy would 'always leave door to return to RTE slightly ajar'

Published 15/05/2016 | 14:11

Lucy Kennedy, wearing a Karen Millen culottes jumpsuit, pictured at the launch of the third Shop For Good fundraising initiative in aid of Console at Dundrum Town Centre. Picture: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Lucy Kennedy, wearing a Karen Millen culottes jumpsuit, pictured at the launch of the third Shop For Good fundraising initiative in aid of Console at Dundrum Town Centre. Picture: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Lucy Kennedy, wearing a Karen Millen culottes jumpsuit, pictured at the launch of the third Shop For Good fundraising initiative in aid of Console at Dundrum Town Centre. Picture: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Martin KIng and Lucy Kennedy at the TV3 Autumn Schedule launch. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Lucy Kennedy and her children Holly (3) and Jack (5) launching National Portrait Week for LauraLynn Ireland's Childrens Hospice, in association with Canon Ireland
Lucy Kennedy by Andres Poveda

She famously jumped ship from RTE to TV3 in 2013, but Lucy Kennedy is saying never say never when it comes to her future.

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As host of the Seven O'Clock Show, Lucy is one of TV3's most prominent presenters and said in 2014 she was happy to walk away from a "relieved" RTE.

But the mother-of-two tells the current issue of VIP Magazine, she thinks back fondly of her days at Montrose, where she worked for eight years across platforms on television and radio.

"At times I miss my pals," she told the mag. "I loved RTE. And I will smile wistfully when I see the autumn launch for RTE2. I would always leave that door slightly ajar, but I adore TV3 and it really is my home now."

Martin KIng and Lucy Kennedy at the TV3 Autumn Schedule launch. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Martin KIng and Lucy Kennedy at the TV3 Autumn Schedule launch. Picture: Brian McEvoy

And Lucy said she's secure in her role as a broadcaster that she doesn't feel intimidated when a new crop of talent enters as competition.

"I never worry about somebody else taking my job because I'm confident that I'm good enough at it, that no one else can do it as well as me," she added.

Kennedy, who recently celebrated her 40th birthday with a quiet family celebration and some cake at TV3's studios, said she always thought she would "turn into Georgia Salpa" when entering her fifth decade, but opted against going under the knife.

"Five years ago, I said I'd get everything done when I turned 40. I was going to turn into Georgia Salpa on the 21st of April 2016. And I haven't even got my nails done. I get nervous going to the dental hygienist so I don't think I could go ahead with anything.

Lucy Kennedy by Andres Poveda
Lucy Kennedy by Andres Poveda

"And you know what? I have a C-section scar from when Jack was born. And I used to wish it would go away. Now I embrace my scars. They are like life wounds.

"I've accepted I'm never going to be a size zero. The breakfast rolls aren't helping though!"

Lucy Kennedy and her children Holly (3) and Jack (5) launching National Portrait Week for LauraLynn Ireland's Childrens Hospice, in association with Canon Ireland
Lucy Kennedy and her children Holly (3) and Jack (5) launching National Portrait Week for LauraLynn Ireland's Childrens Hospice, in association with Canon Ireland

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