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Thursday 19 October 2017

Xpose girls wait to hear if station will let them go to launch

LORRAINE Keane has invited all her former Xpose colleagues to the launch of her new book, but they are still awaiting clearance from their task masters as to whether they can attend.

The Herald can reveal how the former Xpose presenter has confirmed that her tell-all book, which has sparked the ire of TV3 chiefs, will be unveiled on Wednesday, November 17.

And sources reveal that she has invited all her former Xpose colleagues to the event, including show producer Debbie O'Donnell.

Withering

However, it's not yet clear if they will be able to attend the Blackwater Press launch, given the withering comments that the station's boss made about Keane's new book a few weeks ago.

Head of programming Ben Frow said that he couldn't imagine working with Lorraine again and that it was "unacceptable practice" for someone to start recounting their inner business in a book.

Yet the bubbly presenter harbours no ill will towards any of her ex colleagues. "Lorraine still gets on great with the other Xpose girls, she went to Debbie's wedding and they all had a ball in Italy. There's absolutely no bad feeling there whatsoever," said a close source.

"The Xpose girls are all on the guest list for the book launch but whether they'll be allowed go is another matter."

The book has become the most eagerly awaited showbiz tome of the season -- and Lorraine (37) has set the launch date for four weeks time.

And she has chosen Robbie Fox's new nightclub in the basement of La Stampa hotel as the venue for the glitzy, invite-only launch with all her high-profile pals expected to attend.

Lorraine has revealed how her new tome will be a "look back" over her lengthy career in showbusiness, as she gives her frank opinion on her most memorable celebrity encounters.

These include an interview with X Factor judge Dannii Minogue, whose attitude left Lorraine less than impressed.

"There are a few people that are in the book that were rude. It was usually some little upstart who came fifth in the X Factor or the newest band on the scene that were the ones with the big egos," she said.

Delve

"I've read that Dannii Minogue since admitted she has been difficult throughout her life because she was in a hard place.

"She's said herself that she's much easier to work with. I, unfortunately, met her at a bad time in her life."

She will also delve into the circumstances leading up to her decision to quit the entertainment programme in April 2009.

"The book I have written is very real in that way.

"It's not going to please everybody, but I am going to tell the truth," she said.

mfinn@herald.ie

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