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Tuesday 23 October 2018

'I don't care what online trolls think of me', says Lucy

Lucy Kennedy
Lucy Kennedy

Lucy Kennedy has accepted she will have to deal with the vicious comments of online trolls as it's part and parcel of being on TV.

The Sandycove woman (41) is one of Ireland's most popular TV presenters, but not even she has escaped crude comments from people eager to criticise.

"People online are vicious about everybody and everything," she said.

"You can't stop it. It doesn't affect me - I laugh it off. If I have time, I always try and respond.

"I would never sink to the levels as low as some people go, but I get off lightly in the greater scheme of things. You live by the sword, you die by the sword.

"You put yourself out there, unfortunately this is going to happen. I welcome the interaction.

"You can't please everybody, but I don't try to. Once I'm happy and my employers are happy, all good."

Lucy was subjected to some nasty comments over her costume choices on Ireland's Got Talent, but the TV host insisted it didn't bother her.

"You know, I don't care what people think about my clothes. I don't care what people think about my hair. I don't worry about all of that," she said.

"I don't worry about what people think of me. I worry more about what people think about the show that I am on."

Lucy and her husband Richard Governey are parents to Jack (8), Holly (5) and one-year-old Jess.

Babies

Jack and Holly have expressed no interest in following in their mum's footsteps just yet, but she will support them if they do.

"They're still babies, but as far as I know, Jack wants to be a footballer and Holly wants to be just like mummy and be a mummy. No interest in TV yet," she said.

"But if that's where their heart lies, I'll be behind them the whole way. Whatever they want to do is all good."

Lucy found it tough being away from her children during the long hours of rehearsals and filming the TV3 talent show, which wrapped up on Saturday.

"That's been the hardest bit of this particular project because I had to stay put. I was there from 10am to half 11 at night," she said.

"I based myself in town and missed my babies terribly, but I just had to park that."

The former Six O'Clock Show presenter got along well with the judging panel of Louis Walsh, Michelle Visage, Denise Van Outen and Jason Byrne and revealed that she'll miss working on the series.

"The Helix has become my home. I've loved it. It doesn't feel like it was our first series. I feel like we had all been there and done it before. I'm going to miss it," she said.

"I go out there as the mum. Anything can happen with live telly."

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