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Oliver Callan bites back at Alan Hughes: 'He looks like he slept in formaldehyde'

Published 12/11/2015 | 15:02

Alan Hughes pops the question to partner Karl Broderick on Ireland AM. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Top comic Oliver Callan
Alan Hughes pops the question to partner Karl Broderick on Ireland AM. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Comedian Oliver Callan's war of words with Alan Hughes shows no sign of waning.

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The pair became embroiled in a public spat after Callan criticised Hughes' decision to propose to long-term partner Karl Broderick on live television.

Callan described the public proposal as "crass" and Hughes bit back, saying: "This is coming from the guy who came out on a Saturday night chat show? If that's not attention seeking, I don't know what is. He obviously needs to sell tickets for his tour but if that's the type of bitter old queen we have in Ireland, then I don't know. I pity his boyfriend. Oliver needs a reality check."

Now, Oliver has kept the momentum going, saying he was shocked by the broadcaster's choice of language.

Alan Hughes pops the question to partner Karl Broderick on Ireland AM. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Alan Hughes pops the question to partner Karl Broderick on Ireland AM. Picture: Brian McEvoy

"The presenter, an anti-bulling campaigner, labelled me a 'bitter old queen' after I made a few comments about his antics. You can imagine the hysterics if a straight man called Hughes a bitter old queen," he wrote in his column in the Irish Sun.

"Since satire rattles cosseted public figures, I get plenty of coarse reactions when I make my opinions public and I well accepted and expected this one. I did find it odd however to e called 'old' by someone who is more than 20 years my senior and looks like he slept in formaldyhyde."

The TV3 presenter said he popped the question on the Ireland AM couch to show how far gay rights have come in Ireland and was prompted by a “shocking” survey released last month showing that 20pc of all young LGBT couples had attempted suicide at some point.

But Callan took issue with this, writing: "He's saying this gesture was to promote good mental health in the gay community. Strange, it also came across as an act of self-promotion from the TV3 weatherman who shows up at more free PR events than a salmon canape."

Top comic Oliver Callan
Top comic Oliver Callan
Alan Hughes pops the question to partner Karl Broderick on Ireland AM. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Alan Hughes pops the question to partner Karl Broderick on Ireland AM. Picture: Brian McEvoy

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