Anthea Turner and Lorraine discuss hormone replacement therapy
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Lorraine Kelly has said she doesn’t hold a grudge against Anthea Turner, 62, despite what people may believe, after she replaced her on GMTV. The 62-year-old was three months into being a new mum to daughter Rosie, now 28, when she wanted to return to work as a freelancer but was told she wasn’t needed.
The host swiftly learned that Anthea had stepped into her shoes to present the show alongside Eamonn Holmes.
Lorraine shed light on the situation when journalist Elizabeth Day asked her if it was true she was sacked while on maternity leave.
The presenter confirmed she was correct, to which the podcast host then further asked: “Is that not illegal?”
“No, not back then. That was 1994 and I was freelance,” she explained on the How To Fail podcast.
“She [Rosie] was born in June and I was going back to work in September, a couple of months later, but if you’re freelance that’s what you have to do.
“We just got the call about a week before I was due to come back – I was thinking oh I haven’t lost any of my baby weight, who cares.
“And I just got the call to say, ‘Really, sorry we’ve got Anthea Turner, but do you know what thanks and that’s that’.”
When asked if she held a grudge against Anthea over the move, she replied: “No, not at all.”
Lorraine went on to say her fellow presenter is a “nice girl” but didn’t believed she worked well with Eamonn.
“Her and Eamonn were like oil and water, and it didn’t work,” she added.
Lorraine helped launch GMTV back in 1993 by presenting a range of programmes.
She went on to co-host Daybreak from 2012 but left in 2014 to focus on her own show.
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Former ITV boss Helen Warner said at the time: “Lorraine is a much loved part of the ITV Breakfast family and the Lorraine show is a hugely successful part of the schedule.
“We are delighted to have secured Lorraine for the next three and a half years where she will continue to take the show from strength to strength.”
Anthea and Eamonn were co-stars on GMTV from 1994 to 1996.
After leaving the show she said working in the studio was a “hostile environment” which at times made her “feel physically sick”.
It was also known she had fallen out with her co-star.
In 2005, Eamonn told The Sunday Mirror: “One of the things I wanted to do leaving GMTV was to tie up loose ends.
“So I got in touch with Anthea. It was something there that should have been put to rest a long time ago.”
In 2018, they reunited on the This Morning sofa telling viewers they were “on good terms”.
Catch Lorraine on Queens For The Night tonight at 8.30pm on ITV.
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