Thursday 29 September 2016

'I turned down lots of jobs before Toy Show', says Brian Ormond

Elaine McCahill

Published 20/11/2015 | 07:42

Brian Ormond and Maria Walsh pictured at Tv3's Studio in Ballymount, Dublin when it was announced that they will be the hosts of this years Tv3 Toy Show. Pictures Brian McEvoy
Brian Ormond and Maria Walsh pictured at Tv3's Studio in Ballymount, Dublin when it was announced that they will be the hosts of this years Tv3 Toy Show. Pictures Brian McEvoy

Brian Ormond has said he turned down lots of presenting gigs until the right one came along - the TV3 Toy Show.

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The former Lotto presenter said he made the decision to hold out for his perfect show.

Aside from tonight's Toy Show gig, Ormond also recently landed a family game show - called WishList - as part of TV3's new schedule.

"In the past year I was offered a lot of things, but I turned them down because I was waiting for the right thing," he told the Herald.

"I'd been offered a few gigs and I wasn't comfortable with them - and then I got the shows on TV3. Hopefully they're both well-received."

While he admits there has been a bit of a "lull" in his career over the past few months, Brian said he loves being freelance as he gets to spend more time at home.

Brian Ormond and Pippa O 'Connor pictured at Eatzen Restaurant in Ashbourne for Keith Duffy's Asian Charity Fundraiser in aid of Irish Autism Action Charity
Brian Ormond and Pippa O 'Connor pictured at Eatzen Restaurant in Ashbourne for Keith Duffy's Asian Charity Fundraiser in aid of Irish Autism Action Charity

The 36-year-old has a two-year-old son, Ollie, with his wife Pippa O'Connor and a 15-year-old daughter, Chloe, from a previous relationship.

"Pippa and I are both self-employed and we're very lucky that our hours are flexible," he said.

"A lot of the time we could be working weekends or the evening, so it's great to be free during the day to spend time with Ollie and Chloe," he added.

Brian can't wait to host the Toy Show tonight with Maria Walsh.

"We're having a great laugh together and the kids are all brilliant," he said.

TV3's Toy Show airs tonight at 8pm.

Herald

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