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Elaine "Lainey" Lui (born 26 September 1973  ) is a Canadian television personality, reporter, and infotainer. She considers herself a self-proclaimed gossip maven. She pens a website, laineygossip.com, is a reporter for CTV's etalk, and is also a co-host on CTV's daily talk series The Social.
Lui was born and raised in Toronto. She attended Toronto French School as a child and completed her secondary education at Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute. Post-secondary, she attended the University of Western Ontario where she majored in French and History.
Lui’s career began in not-for-profit fundraising. She was living in Vancouver and working for Covenant House when she returned to Toronto to be with her mother, who was ill. The roots of LaineyGossip.com are in an email that Lui sent to two friends to keep them up-to-date on celebrity gossip. That subscriber list quickly grew and she started her blog
Since joining etalk in 2006, Lui has covered the Oscars, the Super Bowl, the JUNO Awards, Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVAs).
The Social premiered on Monday, September 2, 2013 with Lui as co-host alongside Melissa Grelo, Cynthia Loyst, and Traci Melchor. The Show airs daily at 1 p.m. on CTV.
Lui currently resides in Toronto, ON, with her husband Jacek Szenowicz and her two beagles, after moving from Vancouver, British Columbia for The Social. Lui used to be a consultant for Covenant House, which offers shelter and services for the homeless.