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Karen Gee black shift dress. On air min­utes later, her Sun­rise col­leagues ribbed her good-na­turedly for be­ing so on-trend.

“I’m not ob­sessed with fash­ion, but I’m in­ter­ested in it,” she says. To that end, she’s re­cently be­come a fash­ion as­so­ciate for Harris Scarfe. “I’m typ­i­cal of their cus­tomers be­cause I’m a busy work­ing mum and I like fash­ion that doesn’t cost a for­tune,” she says. “You’ll never see me In­sta­gram the lat­est Os­car de la Renta clutch. I do shud­der at what some of those things cost.”

Mid­dle-age hasn’t changed the way she dresses so much as mod­i­fied it. She still wears sleeve­less dresses, but her hems are a lit­tle lower. She’s not keen on her dou­ble-d breasts – “I wish they were smaller” – and never shows them off. Like­wise, if the stylist is show­ing her a dress, she knows in­stantly if it’s not right. “I’ll say one word: ‘Mut­ton.’ I’ll call it be­fore they will,” she says with a laugh. But she also thinks clothes should be fun. When a Harris Scarfe col­league ob­serves that Gil­lies is as­pi­ra­tional for women in their 40s and 50s, the woman her­self laugh­ingly in­ter­jects: “Yes, young women. Or the woman who likes to think she’s still young!”

Which brings us to work and how much longer she might con­tinue in co-host­ing du­ties. She says she has no de­sire to leave – “I’m stay­ing if for no other rea­son than to an­noy Larry” – but Em­dur points out that since ap­pear­ing on Danc­ing With The Stars in 2009, she’s some­thing of a frus­trated show­girl.

“Some­times I think she has to tuck her jazz hands into her pock­ets,” he laughs, be­fore re­veal­ing that dur­ing those many hours on the couch the pair have cooked up a re­tire­ment plan. “We’ve de­cided that long af­ter the show has fin­ished we’re go­ing to tour around nurs­ing homes do­ing danc­ing lessons for peo­ple. I’m quite ex­cited about that and she’s very ex­cited about that, too.”

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