Gogglebox: Lorraine Kelly appears in celebrity edition teaser

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Lorraine Kelly, 61, has revealed she is thankful about being axed from her early morning TV show job when she became pregnant with her now 27-year-old daughter Rosie, who she stars with on Celebrity Gogglebox. The ITV star admitted that although she was left feeling worried about being a jobless mum at the time, losing the role eventually led to her landing her very own show.

Lorraine was a presenter alongside Eamonn Holmes on GMTV before she went on maternity leave.

The star was never invited back, but she luckily went on to secure an even better job because she lost her previous TV gig.

Lorraine recalled her heartache at the time during a new interview from an appearance on Kate Thornton’s White Wine Question Time podcast.

She told the host: “They told me not to come back.

“They basically said ‘thanks very much and cheerio’ because they had someone else. 

“They had Anthea – Anthea Turner they brought in to present.

“At the time it was scary – it really was. It was frightening because I had this wee tiny baby. 

“I wasn’t sure what was going to happen.”

 

Fortunately, Lorraine was about to have a change in fortune after Rosie was born.

Lorraine continued: “And luckily it was a mum and baby company – I think it was Cow & Gate – they wanted to do a mum and baby slot, and they wouldn’t do it unless I did it, and it was so successful that they ended up giving me my own show.”

The Scottish presenter then became the presenter of Nine O’Clock Live.

The show was a hit with viewers, which prompted it to get retitled Lorraine Live.

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Lorraine’s programme then moved to the slightly earlier time slot of 8.35am.

Lorraine revealed today: “They were looking for a new mum, that the audience knew anyway – so for breakfast telly it actually worked. 

“So I went from co-presenting a show, where I had to get up at two in the morning, to doing my own show where I could work with childcare. 

“It was amazing. I could work round it because she was so tiny. I could bring her in.

“When you think ‘oh no, things can’t get any worse than this’, sometimes you have to trawl a wee bit through some dark, but sometimes it does work in the end.”

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for ITV for comment.

Lorraine has been married to husband Steve since 1992.

The couple share daughter, Rosie, who previously lived and worked in Singapore.

When Lorraine’s TV career took off, the pair relocated from Scotland to be nearer to her work in London.

Additional reporting by Ross Kaniuk.

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