Popular Brit Trisha Goddard has beaten cancer and is set to relaunch her career in New York
TRISHA Goddard has told how it is a dream come true to be relaunching her TV career in the US with a new show, after being given the allclear from cancer.
The British presenter, who began her career in Australia in the late 1980s and early ’90s, will host a new show for US network NBC, based in New York. It’s her first major role since her lengthy stint on UK TV ended in 2009 when Channel 5 axed her show.
And in an interview with Hello! magazine, she says she cannot believe her luck.
‘‘When I’m running across the fields with the dog back in England, I will wonder if all of this really happened,’’ she says.
‘‘When I started out back in 1987, I never dreamed I would get a job as a television presenter in Australia, that I would be the first black female presenter in their history or that I would then be head-hunted back to England to present there. And then, to be here in the United States – part of me thinks the alarm clock is going to go off in a minute and I will have to wake up and do the school run.’’
Goddard, 54, became a household name in the UK after launching her Trisha show on ITV. She later moved to Channel 5 and continued working despite her diagnosis with breast cancer.
The series was axed due to cost cuts.
The star has been given a clean bill of health from her annual check after being diagnosed with cancer four years ago and says the disease has had a huge impact on her outlook.
‘‘Cancer has definitely changed me. I love what I do – I love connecting with people, whether it’s in the street or on television.
‘‘But I’m far more relaxed about it all now. I’m not some career-driven beast these days,’’ Goddard says.
‘‘I used to live everywhere but in the here and now. I live in the now these days, I really do.’’