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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

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