Sunday 25 June 2017

RTE remain silent on Amanda Brunker's Today Show spat with Neil Prendeville

Amanda Brunker and Neil Prenderville on RTE Today
Amanda Brunker and Neil Prenderville on RTE Today

Sean O'Grady

RTE last night refused to comment after panelist Amanda Brunker was removed from yesterday's episode of the Today Show at short notice.

The former Miss Ireland has been a regular contributor to the RTE series for the last two years and covers film premieres and red carpet events.

It is believed Ms Brunker (42) was told late on Monday night that she was no longer needed to appear alongside fellow panelist Neil Prendeville on yesterday's show.

The TV couple, who frequently disagree on the programme, first became embroiled in a spat last week when they were discussing the recent penalty points scandal.

Ms Brunker grew further frustrated when they spoke about the Daily Mail's recent controversial 'Legs-It' front page picture and story which focused on British Prime Minister Theresa May and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's legs.

Writing for the Herald last week, she accused her fellow panelist of mansplaining and talking over the presenters.

Sources say Mr Prendeville was upset by her comments, however RTE last night refused to comment when asked if this was the reason Ms Brunker was removed from yesterday's show.

Despite their differences, Ms Brunker said she was available and happy to appear alongside Neil on the show.

"This has been going on for ages but last Tuesday I just snapped and said, 'Neil this isn't your show, you can't just keep talking over me'," she said.

She added that the presenters are told by producers that "monologues" aren't allowed and no one can speak by themselves for too long, and added: "It can't be one person just talking the whole time but of course he ignored that.

"I've had the gig for the last two years and I enjoy being a panellist on the show so it was kind of annoying that I wasn't allowed do it."

Mr Prendeville refused to comment when asked about Amanda being removed from her slot on the show.

"It has got nothing to do with me," he said.

He is a well-known voice on the Cork airwaves, having previously presented on 96fm while currently hosting a show on Redfm.

The Cork man has been no stranger to controversy in the past.

In 2011, he narrowly avoided prosecution due to a jurisdictional technicality after he was accused of exposing himself on an Aer Lingus flight.

Ms Brunker is also accustomed to ruffling feathers.

The outspoken model recently caused an online uproar when she received botox treatments live on The Late Late Show.

Herald

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