Monday 18 December 2017

TV history in the making - Emma lands role on show with King

Emma Waldron. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Emma Waldron. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Larry King. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Irish TV presenter Emma Waldron will be in illustrious company for her first major US presenting job when she joins legendary broadcaster Larry King.

The former primary school teacher moved to New York last year to follow her TV dream and has now landed a presenting role on 'Collectors Café', a show which sees King come out of retirement.

The show revolves around interviews with celebrities and the items they collect, whether it is Katy Perry and Lady Gaga's dresses or Sister Sledge's backstage passes from her tours. It will air on the History Channel.

"My role is collectors' correspondent," explained Emma to the 'Ryan Tubridy Show' on RTÉ Radio One.

"If you think of 'American Idol' and Ryan Seacrest in the crowd, I'll be introducing the celebrities and talking to some of the guests who are on, hyping up the crowd, and then throwing it over to the couch."

Asked how she landed the gig, she said: "I happened to become friends with a producer and he thought I'd be good at it. And lo and behold, I did some auditions and they liked me.

"I would chat the legs off a donkey. I'd talk to anybody.

"I don't know how it happens. Luck, I suppose - right place, right time."

While Emma said her move Stateside was mainly to pursue her presenting dream, she also plans to set up a tech company.

"I moved over a year ago and it was kind of whimsical but also something I wanted to do for a while... I always wanted to travel," she said.

Irish Independent

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