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'I don't know where people get figures from. They pull them out of their backside' - Baz Ashmawy audited by Revenue amid false reports of earnings

Sasha Brady

Published 29/11/2015 | 17:21

Baz Ashmawy during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Baz Ashmawy during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

TV star Baz Ashmawy has been audited by the Revenue Commissioners following inaccurate reports claiming that he had earned €5 million for his show 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy.

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The Dublin star sold the first series of his show to over 100 countries but denies that he made €5 million from the sale.

Nancy and Baz handle snakes in ‘50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy’.
Nancy and Baz handle snakes in ‘50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy’.

He said the reports which featured in a number of newspapers were incorrect.

Ashmawy, who won an International Emmy for the show last week, said he earned less than €5 million for the sale of the first series but refused to disclose the exact figures..

Baz Ashmawy and his mother Nancy celebrate their International Emmy win at the New York ceremony. Photo: Getty Images
Baz Ashmawy and his mother Nancy celebrate their International Emmy win at the New York ceremony. Photo: Getty Images

"I don't know where people get figures from. They pull them out of their backside half the time," he said when speaking to the Sunday Business Post.

"The show has been very successful, which is great, but you're not making these shows for awards and money. If you were, you'd be in the wrong industry because you can't tell what's going to be a huge success."

Broadcaster Baz Ashmawy during a Not in Our Name protest against Islamic State (IS) on O' Connell Street, Dublin.
Broadcaster Baz Ashmawy during a Not in Our Name protest against Islamic State (IS) on O' Connell Street, Dublin.

Ashmawy, who was raised with both Muslim and Catholic traditions in Dublin, is currently shooting a documentary for RTE2 called The Lost Muslim.

The show will address the presenter's relationship with his religion and will air before the end of the year.

“The climate has changed radically over the last week and I’m more afraid of Islamophobia now than ISIS,” Baz said.

“If people out there think the terrorists have anything to do with Islam, they are wrong."

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