From Montrose to Hollywood – and no one even told her about her new role.
Her trademark welcome to the evening news for more than 30 years has landed former RTE newsreader Anne Doyle a spot on the trailer for the sequel to the hit comedy 'Anchorman' starring comedian Will Farrell as bumbling 70s news anchor Ron Burgundy.
But the retired journalist isn't advising Irish viewers to "stay classy" as a specially-edited Irish trailer for 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' hits the airwaves this week.
The State broadcaster's most recognisable newsreader says she wasn't even aware that a clip of her from the late 70s or early 80s was "lifted" by Paramount Pictures UK to use in their Irish trailer for the television news spoof.
And it seems, she couldn't care less. "I'm probably the only person in Ireland who hasn't seen it," she said. "But do you think I'd give a fiddlers' about a movie trailer?" she laughed.
While the trailer features Farrell and co-stars Steve Carrell ('The 40-Year-Old Virgin') as a team of intellectually challenged "newshounds" who ask "why can't the news be fun?" and smoke crack cocaine live on air to boost ratings, the clip used of a much younger Ms Doyle leaves her dignity and professional reputation intact.
Sitting primly in the RTE newsroom with the sound of a typewriter clacking away in the background, a brunette Ms Doyle is pictured delivering her iconic greeting: "Good evening, the headlines . . ." At the same time a voiceover announces: "It was a time when news was a noble trade built on a foundation of journalistic integrity," before shots of Margaret Thatcher and Mother Teresa are replaced by images of a water-skiing squirrel and bikini-clad "weathergirl".
The new movie hits Irish cinemas on December 20.