Thursday 29 September 2016

'The money may not be great... it's RTE who get the big bucks' - Xpose's Aisling O’Loughlin on TV3 salaries

Sean O'Grady

Published 27/06/2016 | 07:19

Aisling O'Loughlin on Xpose
Aisling O'Loughlin on Xpose
Aisling O'Loughlin in the Natalie B.Coleman dress on Xpose
(L to R) Sybil Mulcahy, Aisling O'Loughlin, Lorraine Keane, Lisa Cannon and Karen Koster

While many think their favourite TV stars are raking in the big bucks, Xpose host Aisling O’Loughlin has insisted that is far from true.

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The Clare native has been a staple on the TV3 entertainment and fashion series since its debut in 2007, but she revealed that doesn’t mean she’s taking home a big pay cheque at the end of the month.

“TV has been brilliant to me. It’s a varied life and that’s what I like about it. The money may not be great but it’s a very varied life,” she told the Diary.

The 36-year-old reckons it’s the presenters in Montrose who are on the high salaries.

(L to R) Sybil Mulcahy, Aisling O'Loughlin, Lorraine Keane, Lisa Cannon and Karen Koster
(L to R) Sybil Mulcahy, Aisling O'Loughlin, Lorraine Keane, Lisa Cannon and Karen Koster

“Well we’re definitely not overpaid on Xpose, that’s for sure, but at least we have an interesting job,” she said.

“I think it’s RTE who get the big bucks.”

Although she has an interest in all forms of news, the TV star admitted she doesn’t think she would be allowed to do a hard-news show after becoming known for Xpose.

“I don’t think I would ever go back to serious news. I don’t know if you can after doing a show like Xpose,” she said.

“You have to be very straight when you’re doing news. What I have enjoyed about Xpose is that you can be as creative as possible,” she said.

When asked about whether she would like to see her young children Patrick (4), Louis (2) and seven-week-old Joseph follow in her footsteps, Aisling said she would encourage them to do whatever they want.

“I want them to do whatever they’re passionate about and what makes them happy, so I would never stand in their way.”

Aisling is currently enjoying her maternity leave and has been keeping an eye on Xpose during her absence.

The presenter praised the new additions to the programme, Ruth O’Neill and Cassie Stokes.

“They’re flying it. It’s great to see fresh, young blood.

“That’s what’s great about maternity leave, I get to have a break and they get to jump in and go.”

Aisling recently opened up on some of the struggles experienced by new mums.

The TV star admitted she struggled to breastfeed Joseph and lasted only one week before she had to switch to the bottle.

“I lasted a week breastfeeding and then had to call it a day,” she said.

“It’s not something that comes naturally to me and it was torture.

“It’s not easy for everyone. For some women it happens easily, but it’s each to their own.”

The TV3 star said mothers who don’t breastfeed are judged too harshly by society.

“In an ideal world you’d love to breastfeed, but it takes a lot of time and a lot of support, so sometimes it’s not feasible.

“Irish women are demonised for not doing it – it’s easy to mother-bash,” she said.

Aisling also revealed she’s due to take a holiday in France this July with her family.

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