TV favorite Gloria Hunniford has revealed her super apt code name, which she got during her appearance on the show The Masked Singer, ahead of a new program that looks back on her incredible career
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Gloria Hunniford looks unrecognizable backstage at the Masked Singer – wearing the outfit she was smuggled onto the show in.
The TV darling can be seen in her wardrobe in black trousers, black shoes, black gloves and a black hooded balaclava with a visor.
“To be honest, the balaclava was the worst part,” says Gloria. “Getting into the actual costume was a bit of a relief! I felt like a cat burglar. You just look ridiculous. But it was worth being lucky enough to be able to take part in such a wonderful show.”
Gloria wowed fans as Snow Leopard on the ITV show.
And she spoke of the “night and fog operation” in which each of the celebrities was brought to the top-secret film location.
“You get a kit and 15 minutes from the studio you have to put on a sweatshirt that says don’t talk to me,” she explains.
“You can just see it because there’s a slit in the visor, but no one can see who you are.
“When I enter a building, I tend to say a big thank you to the bouncer, but you’re not even allowed to say that.”
Gloria praised the show’s staff for the way they maintained secrecy.
“The way they organized it is amazing. Honestly, I’ve never seen another costume in the times I’ve been. I didn’t see anyone in costume. I’ve only seen one person who was similar in all the gear I was in.
“But from the outside, with just a slit in your visor, you can’t see inside. I had no idea who the characters were or what they looked like until the show aired.”
Gloria says she was given a top secret codename to confuse things even more.
“Even if you do a little bit of vocal rehearsal, my alias was Sugar,” she says. “It was like: Sugar has to be picked up at such and such a time.”
Gloria spoke about a new documentary about her life due to air on Easter Monday.
Called Gloria: My Life On TV, it looks back on her extraordinary career spanning more than half a century.
Sir Cliff Richard, Ruth Langsford and Christine Lampard are among the stars paying tribute to Gloria, describing her as a trailblazer for women in broadcasting.
In 1982, Gloria became the first woman to have her own radio show on BBC Radio 2, which she hosted for thirteen years.
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She was also one of the first women on British television to have her own talk show, Sunday Sunday with Gloria Hunniford.
She says: “I was pleasantly surprised and flattered when Ruth and Christine said I was a pioneer because I never saw myself as one. I watched the documentary and was flattered and surprised that they said things like that.”
Having celebrated her 80th birthday in 2020, Gloria continues to present shows such as Loose Women and Rip off Britain with no intention of retiring.
“The three of us have been working on Rip Off Britain for 14 years and have a contract until 2024,” says Gloria. “Due to the rise in the cost of living and all the horrific scams that are sadly so rampant now, we’ve never been more relevant”
She adds: “Luckily I never had to look for a job. I am still working and will continue to work. I’m not really a powerhouse. If you like it and feel like doing it, then you want to do it. I’ve always been fortunate to have a natural joie de vivre.”
Gloria: My Life on TV, BBC One, Monday 18 April 1.30pm
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