FORMER TV3 colleagues were out in force to support their old pal Lorraine Keane as she finally launched her controversial book last night.
'Apprentice' stars Bill Cullen and Jackie Lavin and her fellow 'Xpose' presenter Aisling O'Loughlin posed happily with Lorraine at the new Pink nightclub in Dublin.
"I don't know of any book that has produced such controversy before people saw it. My God, did this book produce controversy," said John O'Connor, managing director of Blackwater Press, publishers of 'Working the Red Carpet'.
Although for the most part based on her best and worst celebrity interviews, recent coverage had centred on negative quotes attributed to Keane about her former employers in TV3 -- comments Mr O' Connor was at pains to dismiss.
"Lorraine has been misquoted and distorted. She hasn't made any of those comments," he added.
While former 'Xpose' colleagues Glenda Gilson, Lisa Cannon, and Sybil Mulcahy were no-shows, Aisling O'Loughlin was happy to be at her friend's big night.
"Nobody told me not come, I'm here of my own volition. I didn't get any kind of warning not to go. Lorraine is a friend of mine and I like her. It was always very pleasant working with her and they were good years on 'Xpose'.
"Lorraine is a savvy person, she knows the business inside out and I don't think she has written anything in her book which is terrible anyway. TV3 is a great place to work," she said.
Lorraine joked that last night's event was "an excuse for a little party with all the relentless bad news we're having".
She also paid tribute to her musician husband Peter Devlin. "Peter was my rock and I promised him next time I do a book, it will be something a lot less controversial like a cookery book," she said.
RTE's Maura Derrane and Claire Byrne and artist Rasher were also in attendance last night.