Penny Smith's GMTV devastation

Penny Smith

'GMTV' host Penny Smith has admitted she is ''devastated'' to leave the ITV1 morning show.

Penny Smith is "devastated" to be leaving 'GMTV'.

The 51-year-old presenter - who is planning to step down from the breakfast show in June after 17 years on the programme - has admitted she is upset about the prospect of losing her "second family".

She said: "I've randomly started going round 'GMTV' hugging everyone. The team have been like a second family to me for so many years, and it's so sad because I probably won't be able to keep in touch with everyone. I shall miss them so much, but at least I'll get some sleep finally!"

However, Penny hopes to fill her spare time by making soup.

The presenter recently dropped a dress size after embarking on a strict diet which saw her having homemade vegetable soup for breakfast and dinner, and hopes her meal plan could catch on to others.

She added to Closer magazine: "I take my soup, made from carrots, celeriac, peppers, onions and bean sprouts, into 'GMTV' in tupperware and I gorge on it for breakfast. Then, because I have to get up so early, I sleep through lunch, and for dinner I have even more soup. After that I feel stuffed and I can't eat any more.

"I could start flogging it to Sainsbury's. Can you imagine me doing the breaststroke in a bowl of mushroom soup for the ad? That would be amazing!

"I'm so obsessed with veg - I had two absolutely delicious carrots the other day and when there were none left in the fridge I had a mad panic!"


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