'It was a moment of madness' - Hector Ó hEochagáin apologises to Miriam O'Callaghan for saying she 'talks s****'
Hector Ó hEochagáin has apologised to Miriam O'Callaghan for comments he made about her on The Saturday Night Show.
The former 2FM radio presenter, who was axed from his successful radio slot at the station in 2013, had said, "You don't leap around the place if you're on after the nine o'clock news on RTE One. You're either bloody Miriam O'Callaghan talking shite or another one trying to imitate Miriam O'Callaghan."
Speaking to Anton Savage on Today FM this morning, Hector said it had been a "moment of madness".
"I don't know what happened me," he said, "There was a little man on my shoulder. There was a little man in my head!
"There's been a bit of a mountain out of a molehill about the comments I made. But I want to officially apologise to Miriam O'Callaghan for saying she talks shite.
"She far from talks shite. A lot of people tune in to Miriam and she's a great broadcaster."
Hector blamed the spontaneity of live TV for the gaffe.
"With all the hullaballoo of me just in a spontaneous moment of madness on live television where I said something wrong and people are going, 'Oh my God you can't say that!' so when I stopped at a petrol station, I knew then; 'What did you say? Miriam doesn't like you!'
"I want to officially apologise to Miriam because I met her on a few occasions and she's a good laugh and she doesn't talk shite."
He added, "I regret what I said. It was a moment of mad TV. It was live TV, you say something wrong, so be it. But I apologise to Miriam."
Hector had appeared on the show to promote his new gym, but also spoke about the tragic loss of his mother in January, and his plans to work at Today FM from June.