Tuesday 19 June 2018

'I'd never have behaved the way Hook did': Cooper

Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates will co-anchor ‘The Tonight Show’, taking over the TV3 slot from Vincent Browne. Photo: Kip Carroll
Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates will co-anchor ‘The Tonight Show’, taking over the TV3 slot from Vincent Browne. Photo: Kip Carroll
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Broadcasters Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates will not censor their opinions in the wake of the George Hook controversy, as his views are not something they espouse.

The two presenters, who both host shows on stations owned by Communicorp, will join forces this evening to start co-anchoring 'The Tonight Show' on TV3, which replaces 'Tonight with Vincent Browne'.

Mr Yates, who also fronts a show on Newstalk, said that he "utterly repudiates" the remarks about an alleged rape victim by Mr Hook (inset), who was suspended last Friday.

Today FM presenter Mr Cooper said the scandal would have little effect on other broadcasters like himself or Mr Yates. "It's not making me nervous because I would have never behaved on the radio the way that George Hook regularly behaves on the radio," he said.

"I think anyone who is familiar with my radio programme would know that's not the way I do things. If the ['Tonight Show'] programme had been on air last week, I'm sure we would have covered the issue in considerable depth," he added.

"Unfortunately, the programme wasn't supposed to start so we didn't get to cover the issue last week.

George Hook. Photo: Tony Gavin
George Hook. Photo: Tony Gavin

"I don't think Ivan would say things in the way that George Hook says things and I certainly wouldn't."

Mr Yates added that he completely disagreed with Mr Hook's comments.

"I feel very sorry for him and sad for him but I utterly repudiate not only his remarks but his views and they were wholly inappropriate."

Irish Independent

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