THE LAST WORD...
WITH THE LIVING ROOM HOST AND RADIO PRESENTER AMANDA KELLER
If a door opens to the side and someone says, ‘Do you want to join the circus?’ I say, ‘Yeah, maybe I’ll give that a go’
“TO be 52 and as busy as I am [Keller juggles her and Brendan Jones’ toprating breakfast radio show Jonesy & Amanda with her TV commitments] is a Godsend for me. I love it.
I know the difference between being busy and being stressed. Being busy I like. And I love the radio job and The Living Room and while these are things I like and I can do them without a level of stress, I am happy to keep going.
It’s not that I never stop – it’s more that I work hard in short bursts.
I mean, I do the radio every day but The Living Room isn’t every day. Most days, come lunchtime, I go home and have a sleep.
If you get up at four in the morning and don’t sleep in the afternoon, you die pretty quickly.
My children are of an age where I go to bed at the same time they do at night, and most afternoons I’m home when they get home from school, so it really suits family life. I couldn’t work at this level if it didn’t.
I have been doing this [radio] job with Jonesy for nine years so obviously we’re not just doing it to be number one. Because to do it for nine years without being number one is a sign you want to do it every day. The Living Room is the same.
Sometimes I feel like I’m directing traffic. Particularly with Miguel [Maestre – The Living Room’s foodie presenter] who is such a hilariously loose cannon.
Sometimes you have to talk to him like a labrador, ‘Now Miguel, sit down, look at me and tell me what you’re doing’. He’s so exuberant.
We [presenters Maestre, Chris Brown and Barry Du Bois] have become a gang who text each other and socialise together.
What do I want to be when I grow up? I’ve never known and I think that’s what’s saved me and given me the breadth of career I’ve had.
If a door opens to the side and someone says, ‘Do you want to join the circus?’ I say, ‘Yeah, maybe I’ll give that a go’. THE LIVING ROOM FRIDAY, 7.30PM, TEN
With Debbie Schipp