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Baz Ashmawy blasts RTE over 'restricting' ideas and claims they asked whether or not he would wrestle alligators following his lung surgery

Published 12/10/2015 | 10:59

Baz Ashmawy
Baz Ashmawy

Baz Ashmawy he blasted RTE over allegedly restricting his ideas while he worked at 2FM.

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He has also revealed that he was asked whether or not he would film an episode of Extreme Worlds which involved wrestling alligators when he was recovering from two lung surgeries.

Ashmaway, who has been nominated for an Emmy for his hit series 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy for Sky One, made the claims while speaking to Jarlath Regan for his Irishman Abroad podcast.

"When we were in 2FM I loved it, I loved being with Lucy Kennedy and doing all that but there was times when I was like, 'What am I doing here? I'm no producer.'" he said.

"I remember having this one idea when I started.  I met Dara O'Briain in the hallway.  I ran back into the studio and I said, 'I've a great idea.  You give me a mic, I'll run out there because Dara O'Briain's going in to meet Finucane.'

"And they went, 'OK, what are you going to do?'  And I said I'm going to interview him quickly, but not like anything serious, just about what chocolate he likes, or how big are his feet.  Just nonsense.  And we can call it, 'Guess Who I Finucane Found In The Corridor?'

"And they went, 'Never, no, you'll upset Finucane.  We can't do that.'  That was the first kind of slap in the head I got, and I thought, they're going to restrict me here.  They're not going to let me do the stuff that I want to do."

Baz (40) worked for RTE for several years on shows including How Low Can You Go, and Baz's Extreme Worlds.

However, in 2011 he pleaded guilty to drink-driving and was suspended from RTE for a month without pay.  He also underwent two lung surgeries after a hereditary condition was discovered after his lung collapsed on a flight.

"I had an incident where this was my first experience of RTE being hard.  They said, 'Well you've got a show.'" revealed Baz.

"I was doing Extreme Worlds at the time.  They said: 'You've got the alligator wrestling episode in Denver.  Are you going to do it?'

"After that lung surgery I had the other lung done.  I'd had two lung surgeries.  What was said to me was if you can't do it, maybe we'll find someone else who could do it.'"

Listen to Jarlath Regan's Irishman Abroad podcast with Baz here:

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