A celebrity edition of Operation Transformation is set to air this autumn and RTÉ has already lined up three of its star contestants.
Solicitor Gerald Kean – best known for his on again/ off again relationship with Lisa Murphy – is reportedly hoping to shed the pounds on the show.
According to the Irish Daily Mail, he’ll be joined by former Dragons’ Den star Norah Casey and comedian Katherine Lynch, with another three celebrities yet to be revealed.
On a mission: Gerald Kean has reportedly signed up for Celebrity Operation Transformation | VIPIreland
And along with losing pounds, these stars will be gaining euros as all are thought to be have been offered 5,000 euros to take part.
Kathryn Thomas has been confirmed to reprise her role as the motivational host, while Ray D’Arcy’s RTÉ radio show will broadcast weekly updates and interviews with contestants.
And fitness expert Karl Henry will help the celebs shed the pounds.
A source previously said: “It is a very exciting prospect. This is not about fat-shaming celebrities. The same ethos applies to the celeb version as the original format and we won’t be humiliating anybody.”
— Norah Casey (@NorahCasey) June 30, 2016
“This is about promoting a healthier lifestyle and getting celebrities on who maybe want to lose a few pounds or change their eating habits is what we are after.
“This is not I’m A Celebrity… it is about creating positive messages with some well-known faces. The celebs will not have to strip off completely for the weigh-in; that is totally their choice.
But we hope that they will get into the spirit of the show,” the source added.
— Katherine Lynch (@katherinelyncho) September 3, 2015
Meanwhile, a spokesman for RTÉ confirmed that Celebrity Operation Transformation was being cast, and will hit our screens on RTÉ One this autumn.
“We are currently developing a spin-off series of Operation Transformation which we hope to air in early autumn. However, we’re not in a position to comment further on it at this time,” the spokesman revealed.