Lucy Kennedy: “I used to cry thinking RTÉ didn’t like me – and even considered plastic surgery”

The tv presenter has opened up about her past anxieties with the broadcaster.

Lucy when she starred on RTE's Podge and Rodge
Lucy when she starred on RTE’s Podge and Rodge

Tv star Lucy Kennedy has opened up about the insecurities she used to have while working for RTÉ.

The presenter has revealed she used to cry thinking that the broadcaster had an issue with her, and admitted at one point she even considered plastic surgery.

The Seven O’Clock Show host said she’s a self-described “ballsy bird” which she believes went against her when working for RTÉ.

“When I was in RTE, as a ballsy bird I think that it sometimes went against me, I really do believe that,” she said.

“I was there for eight years, and I don’t want to seem like a bitter fool – because I’m not – but looking back on my time at RTE I remember wondering why I wasn’t asked to audition for The Voice or The All Ireland Talent Show or any of these big gigs – I was often overlooked.

Lucy was insecure during her time with RTE
Lucy was insecure during her time with RTE

“I’d say for a good four years I panicked about what I was going to do next.”

She added: “I actually cried thinking that maybe they don’t like me for who I am, but I can’t change.”

Lucy said she went to friends upset and questioning whether she should get cosmetic surgery but she was talked out of it.

“A few years ago I was thinking of getting a nose job after I saw a really unattractive side profile of myself, and I thought I looked like a mixture of Dustin and Mr Punch,” she told The Herald.

“My pals said, ‘Luce, if you change what you look like, then you change who you are’.

Lucy and her new co-host Martin King
Lucy and her new co-host Martin King

“That was good advice. I don’t feel I can rely on my looks, so maybe the funnier girls and the ballsy girls are the girls who aren’t perfect’.”

Now happily presenting the new TV3 evening show with Martin King, Lucy is currently looking forward to becoming Ireland’s Cilla Black and filming Blind Date later this year.


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