Karen Koster reveals she was not told she lost TV3 Toy Show before new presenters announced
TV3 presenter Karen Koster has revealed she was not told that she would not return for this year's TV3 Toy Show.
New presenters Brian Ormond and former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh were announced this week as the new hosts of the show which broadcasts on November 20.
Karen, who is currently pregnant with her second child, had presented the first 90 minute Toy Show on TV3 last year with former Westlife star Brian McFadden.
However, speaking to the Irish Daily Star at the launch of the IKEA Soft Toy Campaign on Thursday, Karen said she was happy Maria got the gig even though it meant she lost it herself.
"I was delighted because I am such a fan of hers," she said.
"I hadn't heard anything about the toy show so I kind of figured that it is not my gig this year."
She said she would have liked to get the gig, but added, "I'm delighted it is her doing it because I would hate to be watching someone else going, 'I think I could've done a better job.'
"I think she is a great choice and her and Brian Ormond will work well together."
Karen returned to TV3 following her recent maternity leave on a part-time basis.
This week TV3 denied they had axed McFadden, with a spokesperson telling the Herald, "We just wanted to go with someone new. He wasn't axed, we hadn't considered him for the role this year."
Last year's show, which also featured former X Factor stars Jedward, pulled in an impressive average of 472,100 viewers. This compared to a whopping 1.5m who watched the Late Late Toy Show, making it the most watched programme of the year.
However, this year TV3's show will be pre-recorded at the Sony HD studio at TV3.
The show will feature young Irish performers in dance and music and children will review toys ahead of the Christmas spending spree.
“This is a really exciting opportunity for me," said Maria Walsh, who recently made her TV3 presenting debut on The Seven O'Clock Show.
"I’ve always dreamed of being a part of a toy show. When TV3 approached me I was over the moon and I just thought this was right up my alley and something I could bring a lot of energy to and have loads of fun in the process.
"I love everything about Christmas and the magic it brings to children; I’m really looking forward to playing with all the kids and toys!"