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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Marian Finucane: 'I've never heard of Kim Kardashian. Never ever'

RTE radio star famously does 'endless hours of research' for her show

Eimear Phelan

Published 25/05/2014 | 18:19

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Marian Finucane

MARIAN FINUCANE must have been living in a cave.

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It appears that the RTE Radio presenter learned a little about popular culture on her radio show this morning.

In the final section of her show this morning, as she was going through the papers, she claimed she has “never heard of Kim Kardashian, never ever”.

Yet, when her salary was revealed to be more than €500,000 a year in 2009, Ms Finucane defended her wage by saying she did a huge amount of preparation for her weekend shows.

She said there were "endless hours of research" for her shows, which run from 11am until 1pm on Saturday and Sunday on RTE Radio 1.

"My radio goes on at seven o'clock in the morning and when I'm finished with Vincent Browne (on TV3 at night) I go on to the international channels," she said at the time.

"That is all part of what I do. I would think it was funny if it didn't make me cross, but I don't think anybody believes that (I only work four hours) anyway," said Ms Finucane.

Yet, with all that research, she hasn't come across Kim Kardashian? Never, ever?

Some of her panel had remarked on a newspaper story on Kim Kardashian's wedding to Kayne West in Paris, but the presenter was adamant she had never heard of one of the most famous celebrities on the planet.

Her guests, Mary Murphy and Stephen O’Byrne weren’t much more knowledgeable.

Murphy knew the stars’ reality TV show but pronounced it: “Keeping up with the Kar-shard-ians.” Finucane seem shocked at the lavishness of the wedding and Kim’s ‘ three dresses which “cost about six million.”

One Direction also came up but besides Murphy calling their music “pretty nice, you know”.

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