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Lorraine Kelly has been the queen of breakfast TV for nearly 40 years – but the presenter has revealed her long-standing career almost didn’t happen.

Back in 1994 when she was working at TV-AM, Lorraine said she was sacked shortly after giving birth to daughter, Rosie.

“They told me not to come back,” the 61-year-old told Kate Thornton’s White Wine Question Time podcast.

“They basically said ‘Thanks very much and cheerio’ because they had someone else. Anthea Turner was brought in to present with Eamonn (Holmes).

“It was a long, long time ago – 27 years ago – because Rosie is 27."

Lorraine Kelly with her daughter Rosie, who is now 27
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Lorraine said losing her job just after having her daughter – the only child she shares with TV cameraman husband Steve Smith – was scary.

“It was really frightening. I had this really tiny baby and I wasn’t sure what was going to happen.”

That could have been the last we saw of Lorraine, who started her career as Scotland correspondent on TV-AM.

But a brand who wanted to sponsor a mother and baby slot on the show helped get her job back – by telling TV bosses they were on board if Lorraine presented it.

Lorraine has been the queen of breakfast TV for nearly 40 years
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Speaking on the podcast alongside daughter Rosie, Lorraine said: “Luckily there was a mum and baby company – I think it was Cow & Gate or something – who wanted to do a mum and baby slot.

“They wouldn’t do it unless I did it. So that was a way back, if you like.

“It was so successful that they ended up giving me my own show.”

Lorraine on the TVAM sofa with co-presenter Mike Morris

Lorraine recalled another incident when a TV boss told her she would never make it due to her broad Scottish accent.

She said: “When I worked at BBC Scotland, the head of BBC Scotland said I’ve never make it because of my accent, because I had a Glasgow accent.

“That was the best thing he could ever have done because the next day there was a job going at TV-AM as a reporter in Scotland – and I would never have had the nerve to apply for that job.

“But I just thought I’m going to have to do something because I’m never going to get to be a reporter if I stay here.”

Now Lorraine is launching a podcast with daughter Rosie called What If?
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Lorraine has been on breakfast TV screens since 1984, eventually bagging her own self-titled slot on ITV, which she has held on to despite several different formats of the show over the years.

She has just launched her own podcast with daughter Rosie called What If?, which will see the mother-daughter duo ask celebrities about the sliding door moments in life.

“It’s been lovely for me to actually be able to talk to people for longer than five, six, seven minutes – and obviously doing it with Rosie has been a lovely thing," she added.