The popular ITV1 daytime host spoke to Good Housekeeping about her time in the industry and ambitions for the future.
Kelly said of her success: "I think it's familiarity. Breakfast television is unique - it's one of the few shows where you can be yourself, which I very much am! So I feel privileged to be able to do that.
"And I get a lot of folks talking to me when I'm out and about - they feel they can approach me, which is probably one of the reasons I'm still there."
On what else she would like to do, Kelly said: "I'd love to do more documentaries and travel shows that focus on the lives of women in different cultures. I'd like to do more travel writing."
Kelly was awarded an OBE for services to charity and the armed forces in the recent New Year's Honours list. Speaking on her breakfast show this week, she said: "It's mad, isn't it? It feels very grown up. I feel very unworthy."
The full interview appears in the February issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale today [January 5].