Sunday 8 December 2019

Karen Koster departs Xpose... but who will replace her?

Naomi and Chloe Agnew pictured for bondings.
Naomi and Chloe Agnew pictured for bondings.

Eimear Rabbitt

She may have only started her maternity leave today, but the hunt is well and truly on for Karen Koster's replacement on Xpose.

The Herald can reveal that the daughters of Panto star Twink - Chloe Agnew and younger sister Naomi - have TV3 bosses talking.

The show is also set to get a new face in the shape of David Walliams' glamorous girlfiend Ashley James - although the nature of her role has yet to be decided by production bosses.

The former Made in Chelsea star is said to be signed up to take on a role with Xpose, but it has yet to be decided whether she is the right fit for the six-month position.

Ashley James
Ashley James

Xpose stawlart Karen will be off screens for six months as she goes on materntiy leave ahead of the arrival of her second child with husband John McGuire.

With Karen's absence and the impending departure of Aisling O'Loughlin on her own maternity leave, TV3 are now keen to whittle down the main contenders for the role.

Karen Koster
Karen Koster

Twink's daughter Naomi, who currently works as a waitress on food critic show The Restaurant, has impressed with her professionalism and on-screen charisma.

"Naomi is definitely one they are interested in, but she has pointed out that she is more interested in the production side of things," a source told the Herald.

"Her older sister Chloe is a natural on TV and has made contacts around the world, so that is another option for them - depending on her availability."

It is a busy time for Celtic Woman star Chloe, who has launched her solo career and is currently shooting for her part in an independent film in the US.

While the official application for the six-month Xpose reporter role closed two weeks ago, TV3 are still whittling down the candidates for their "major casting round".

Meanwhile, host Karen is looking forward to meeting her new arrival, but was not expecting much rest and relaxation as she finished up with TV3.

"I learned with my son Finn that I won't be getting a break, but I can't wait to meet the newbie," she told the Herald.

"Finn is getting more and more fun so I am looking forward to adding to the chaos.

"I've been told I'll have my hands full so I just want to get stuck in now because the waiting is worse."


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