Titled Alison Hammond’s Happy Hour (because of course it is) the hour-long afternoon slot will reportedly “see her interview her celeb pals and other guests, and feature makeovers, exercise regimes and fun lifestyle segments.”
“Producers have been increasingly impressed with Alison’s comic timing and prowess at interviewing stars,” an insider told The Sun. “Her down-to-earth and quick-witted personality have made her a hit with viewers and producers think she’s ready for the limelight.”
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But aside from the silliness, Hammond does always manage to score brilliant chats any journalist worth their salt would die for – she made Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford ugly laugh, she got Kenneth Branagh and Harry Styles to hug her, and she quite literally connected with the now untouchable Beyonce through a game of Connect Four and a little dance.
This sort of silly, playful schtick would become tiresome on anyone else, but it doesn’t with Hammond because it is clear this is genuinely who she is. There’s no front or sides with her, she’s just wholeheartedly being herself.
In a world where our reality stars are super-polished and preened, it’s refreshing and appealing to see someone so authentic on our screen; she’s disarmingly charming, totally comfortable in her own skin and unapologetic for who she is.