Kate Ritchie pours heart out in emotional episode of Anh Do’s Brush With Fame
Nova Drive co-host and former Home & Away star Kate Ritchie has appeared on the ABC’s Anh Do’s Brush With Fame, covering everything from growing up in the public eye to her transition to radio, as well as being a mother and learning who she is away from the spotlight.
The show features host Do interviewing prominent guests about their life as he paints a portrait of them. Ritchie said she hoped he captured that she is open and kind.
Before he painted, Do said Ritchie is warm and authentic and he wanted to “capture a portrait that’s as engaging as the woman behind it”.
During the interview, Ritchie also opened up about her struggles when she first got behind the microphone on Nova’s Sydney Breakfast show alongside Merrick Watts and Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross.
“That was probably the most challenging thing for me, because all of a sudden I was telling my own story and I wasn’t given a script and it was just banter, and I’d never done that before,” she said. “I had to find my own voice, and I didn’t feel comfortable in that, because I was still trying to work out who I was.
“I remember one of the producers saying to me, ‘Kate, we really want you to share more of your life on the radio’ – which is what you do, especially during the Breakfast shift.
“And I remember being really frustrated, because my response was, ‘Well, I’d talk more about my life if I had a life’. I’m doing Breakfast radio and I’m coming home and falling into bed and maybe having a bowl of soup. I don’t have a social life. I didn’t have a family at that point. Where am I getting my stories from? I’m exhausted.”
After the chat, Do said it’s easy to see what so many Australians adore Ritchie.
“You have a charisma and a star quality that I wanted in there, but also, Kate, there is a vulnerability and a kindness that is so magnetic.”
The episode had an overnight metro audience of 556,000 in its timeslot, according to the OzTAM metric.