TV3 presenter Lorraine Keane last night insisted she spent months thinking about leaving 'Xpose' and did not storm out of the show following a row with management.
Speaking to the Irish Independent last night, she said her decision was the culmination of months of careful consideration.
"I didn't leave on a whim. I discussed the whole thing as recently as last Sunday with (her husband) Peter and my family.
"There are no bad feelings with TV3. If there had been I would have stormed out.
"But instead I offered to stay as long as they wanted."
Contrary to some media reports, she also denied that she had insisted on having her own way in the direction the show was taking or else threatened to quit. "This has been going on for months and months. There were some changes I disagreed with and I thought the programme was going in the wrong direction.
"But I'm a flexible person. There are really no hard feelings whatsoever," she said.
However she did say that she was annoyed that she was removed from the programme's website almost immediately.
"I'm really astonished that they wiped me off the official TV3 website so quickly after I handed in my resignation," she said.
But she insisted there are no hard feelings with fellow staff and will be going out for dinner and drinks when she finishes pre-recording her last appearance on the show tomorrow.
Lorraine (35) who lives in Monkstown with her musician husband, Peter, and their two young daughters, Romy and Emelia, said that she felt she really needed a break after working full-time since she was just 18, first in AA Roadwatch and then with TV3 after studying broadcasting and journalism at Ballyfermot Senior College.
Her future career, however, remains unclear after RTE confirmed that she is not being headhunted for any work in the foreseeable future.
However, she has carved out a lucrative sideline hosting fashion shows and award ceremonies, where she commands between €3,000 and €5,000 per appearance.
Her most recent appearance was hosting the glamorous TV Now Awards at Dublin's Mansion House last Saturday night. Lorraine's departure now leaves only four of the 'Xpose' reporters on the show as Sybil Mulcahy is departing for a new TV3 mid-morning chatshow.
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