Thursday 20 July 2017

Holly Carpenter on Ruth O'Neill's Xposé comments: 'There were times I got fed up of modelling, but held back as I knew it could come across as ungrateful'

Holly Carpenter, left, and Ruth O'Neill, right
Holly Carpenter, left, and Ruth O'Neill, right
Ruth O' Neill at UNICEF's Mother's Day lunch at the Shelbourne Hotel. Picture: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Xpose's Ruth O'Neill
Karen Koster and Ruth O'Neill on Xpose.
Holly Carpenter at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017 at The Marker Hotel Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Ruth O'Neill and Cassie Stokes at the launch of the 2017 Peter Mark VIP Style Awards at The Marker Hotel. Picture: Brian McEvoy
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Model Holly Carpenter has hit out at Ruth O'Neill's comments about her Xpose departure, citing the fact that the "pay isn't equal to the work" as the reason for her leaving.

The former Miss Ireland (25), who has featured in modelling slots on the show in the past, said she was "in awe" of former presenter Lisa Cannon's "professionalism and work ethic".

"I think it’s common knowledge that TV3 doesn’t have the biggest budget and presenters are given a hefty workload, so I’m not sure what Ruth expected," Holly wrote in her Herald column.

"I found similar things frustrating when I started modelling. In many cases I was expected to arrive at shoots with my hair and make-up done and even provide the shoes and clothes.

Ruth O' Neill at UNICEF's Mother's Day lunch at the Shelbourne Hotel. Picture: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Ruth O' Neill at UNICEF's Mother's Day lunch at the Shelbourne Hotel. Picture: Gareth Chaney/Collins

"It was annoying at times when I felt like I was spending a good wedge of the fee even before the agency took their percentage.

"However, I understood that’s the nature of the job when you’re starting out. I was grateful to be doing a job that a lot of girls would love have."

In an interview last weekend, Ruth (29) lifted the lid on her time on TV3's flagship entertainment show, saying that the job was "crazy", with presenters expected to work five or six days a week.

"It's evenings, early mornings, flights, editing and voice-overs, but on top of that you are doing your own hair and make-up and clothes. So, when it comes to the 'glam' side, there isn't really any support," she explained.

Holly Carpenter at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017 at The Marker Hotel Dublin.
Picture: Brian McEvoy
Holly Carpenter at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017 at The Marker Hotel Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

While Holly said she doesn't doubt it's a "tough gig", but "I was surprised to hear Ruth speak so openly about the downsides to working on Xposé."

"It’s definitely hard work, but the job also comes with plenty of perks. The presenters get to travel, attend star-studded red carpet events and rub shoulders with some huge names.

"There were times when I got fed up of modelling. However, I usually held back in interviews whenever I was asked about the downsides of the job as I knew it could come across as ungrateful."

TV3 have so far remained silent on Ruth's comments, but a station insider said frequent travel and is the "nature of the beast" on the entertainment show, which requires travel to London to interview A-listers.

Ruth O'Neill & Cassie Stokes, at day two of Electric Picnic. Picture: Fergal Phillips
Ruth O'Neill & Cassie Stokes, at day two of Electric Picnic. Picture: Fergal Phillips

"You have to work long hours and put in the effort and of course you have to travel, particularly for a show like Xposé," said the source.

"That's the nature of the beast. You can't take on a job like that and not expect to have to travel. It's all part of the package so, in that respect, it's a total no-brainer.

"Any reporter on TV or otherwise knows that it's not a nine-to-five job. Of course it involves long hours and having to work weekends sometimes. You need a particular kind of work ethic for it."

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