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Monday 19 February 2018

Keane's tell-all tome is bound to leave the celebrity world reeling

Former presenter of 'Xpose' to dish the dirt on top entertainers and management at TV3, writes Niamh Horan

Over 40 high-profile personalities will feature in the pages of Lorraine Keane's controversial tell-all book.

The news has left her publisher's phone ringing off the hook, with concerned celebrities pleading for information about their involvement.

But TV3 management has insisted that there are "no skeletons in our closet".

The book's publishers have described it as "hard-hitting" and "gripping", while sources say Irish celebrities "are right to be quaking in their boots". It is currently being examined by a team of lawyers.

As an impeccably placed source explained: "Lorraine is not a reckless woman. Everything she says will be the full truth and she will be able to stand it up. But it is hard-hitting and she certainly doesn't hold back."

The source, who has seen the content of the book, is said to have "winced" at certain passages which will leave a number of high-profile names reeling.

As the publishing insider explained: "There are some people who will be unhappy with their mentions. But that's to be expected. This is real life, it gives a full account of what happened as Lorraine worked her way to the top of her game in a tough business and it certainly wasn't all sunshine."

Asked which of her former TV3 colleagues has been awarded special mention, the source explained: "There is a lot about TV3 management in there, she dishes it straight up.

"But her former colleagues on Xpose needn't worry. She got on very well with the girls and as far as I know there's nothing in the book to state otherwise."

The most gripping passages of the memoir -- to be published by Blackwater Press in the autumn -- are expected to cover April 2009, when the TV3 presenter walked out on the station after a bust-up with management.

Speaking about her book in recent days, Lorraine explained: "They say never ruin the illusion of TV, but as much as I am loath to do that, programmes like Big Brother are popular for showing the real situation of whatever is going on. The book I have written is very real in that way. It's not going to please everybody, but I'm going to tell the truth."

The glamorous presenter said her book will give a full account of her dealings with TV3 management and the impasse they reached over changes being made to the format of Xpose.

"Leaving at the time was the straw that broke the camel's back. The way things were done and run were not always to my liking.

"There were highs and lows... we were struggling from our first days out in TV3. I know what people want to hear and I'm going to tell them exactly how it was," she said.

Interested parties are already said to be making inquiries about the serialisation rights to the book, which will also feature details of the 37-year-old's long-standing friendships with celeb pals.

Meanwhile, TV3 head of news Andrew Hanlon, who was at the centre of the controversy surrounding Lorraine's departure from the station, explained: "It's all relatively boring behind the scenes here. Everything that could possibly come out has already been covered so I can't see what will be new."

The book is due to hit bookshops this October.

Sunday Independent

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