Thursday 18 January 2018

Why I'll never do Dancing With the Stars - Karen Koster

Karen Koster at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Gareth Chaney Collins
Karen Koster at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Gareth Chaney Collins
Karen Koster

Sean O'Grady

Xpose's Karen Koster has ruled herself out of ever appearing on any other shows like Dancing With The Stars in the future as she doesn't want to be away from her children.

The TV3 presenter (36) has been on the long-running entertainment news show since its inception in 2007, but being a mum to Finn (2) and one-year-old John James is her number-one priority now.

"I wouldn't do those shows because I would never see my kids, to be honest. Those shows take over," she said.

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Ruth O'Neil, Glenda Gilson, Cassie Stokes and Karen Koster. Pic: TV3
Ruth O'Neil, Glenda Gilson, Cassie Stokes and Karen Koster. Pic: TV3

The Dubliner reckons she wouldn't "be able to run a household" if she had to worry about strutting her stuff on the dance floor.

"I remember asking Davina McCall on the BAFTA red carpet, 'Why would you never do the likes of Strictly Come Dancing?' and she was like, 'Because I've got three kids'. It takes over your life. You wouldn't be able to run a household," she said.

Although she thought she would have liked to have had a girl before becoming a mum, Karen has heard from other parents that boys can be easier to handle in the early years.

"Probably before I had kids, I would have said yes, I would like a girl. But now, it doesn't matter a hoot to me, to be honest - even though I'm a girly girl," she said.

"I didn't think I'd be as good with boys, but I adore them. It doesn't matter to me. They're very affectionate. I've actually heard that from other mums that boys are more affectionate."

Karen, who is married to businessman John McGuire, says she is still learning the rules of motherhood all the time.

"They fight over whatever toy they want and I'm like 'Why are you fighting over that of all the things?'

"They try and poke each other's eyes out, but I think that is just the way it is with boys, so I'm kind of learning as I go," she told the Diary.

Karen is currently busy working on the early stages of a new documentary she will host called Mammy Guilt.

The programme will follow Karen as she interviews parents about struggling with feelings of guilt as they try and balance their careers with their home lives.

"It's a documentary that we just started production on and will go out in November. It's basically about working mums, this is something I think about day-to-day," said Karen.

"When Finn says, 'I want to stay at home with you mommy', I go, 'Oh my God, this kills me'. But yet, I know I want to keep working and have a career that I love.

"I'm going to be talking to other parents and find out how they do it.

"It's going to be a totally different thing for me. I'm really excited about it. It's going to be a busy six weeks for me."

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