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New Xposé presenter GLENDA GILSON talks candidly about the malicious newspaper allegations printed about her late Uncle Liam Lawlor, recalls the feelings of pride she had for her ex Brian O’Driscoll captained the Irish squad to a Grand Slam victory and looks forward to Xposé Live at the RDS!.
Jason O'Toole, 12 May 2009
Glenda Gilson has no inhibitions about posing provocatively for Hot Press – just don’t ask her to show the pics to her father!
The model turned TV presenter can recall one particular incident when she went to extraordinary lengths to hide a newspaper that contained a risqué image of her.
“Years ago I got body-painted like the Book Of Kells and you could actually see my breasts," she says. "And I went around the house for the full day hiding The Star from him! It was in the kitchen and every time he came over, I’d just grab it and put it behind my back. He was like, ‘Where’s The Star?’ I told my mother not to say anything and she was like, ‘I don’t know! It’s around somewhere.’”
Mind, you that particular snap pales alongside the photoshot for this Hot Press feature.
“These shots are cool,” she smiles, “but I wouldn’t be like, ‘Dad look at these!’ The shoot was very, very risqué.”
In fact, the Hot Press session is the first one Glenda has done since she gave up her modelling career to work as a full-time TV presenter on TV3's Xposé.
“I haven’t being posing in about a year,” she says. “But when something’s done tastefully it can be sexy. It helps when you feel comfortable with the cameraman.”
The last couple of weeks have been bittersweet for TV3’s flagship entertainment show. Lorraine Keane, the main presenter since its inception in 2007, dramatically quit. It couldn’t have happened at a worse time, with the RDS extravaganza, Xpose Live, due to happen within a matter of weeks. Thankfully, viewership figures have remained strong. Glenda reckons that the show’s current success is down, in part at least, to the revamped studio settings.
“We’ve got a virtual set, which looks really fantastic. It’s like E-TV. The two presenters can interact now – whereas before, we had to cut from one to the other. Karen (Koster) is now the main anchor because Lorraine is gone. We always have one of the girls on to do the ‘daily dish’, which is international news, the Hollywood bit of the show (not to be confused with Andrew Sullivan's political blog!). The last few days the viewership has been sky-high. It’s fantastic.”