Saturday 16 February 2019

RTE rugby pundit George Hook: 'I attempted to sell my mother's house while she was still living there, all so I could pay off my own debts'

George Hook spoke about how he deeply regrets his treatment of his mother on last night's Brendan O'Connor Show

George Hook
George Hook
George Hook at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
George Hook posed a selfie on his Twitter account prior to his knee operation
George Hook following his operation today

Jennifer McShane

Broadcaster George Hook has spoken out about how he deeply regrets treating his mother “like s**t” when he was younger.

Speaking in an emotional interview on the Saturday Night Show, the 73-year-old told host Brendan O’Connor not a day goes by when he does not regret what happened.

“I treated her like s**t,” he admitted.

“She didn’t buy herself a dress for 20 years, didn’t take a holiday for 20 years – all so that I could have everything in life,” he said.

George Hook
George Hook
George Hook following his operation today
George Hook posed a selfie on his Twitter account prior to his knee operation

“I can excuse it, but there’s no getting around how it was – I even attempted to sell her house while she was still living there, all so I could pay off my own debts,” he said.

The RTE rugby pundit and Newstalk broadcaster, who is from Cork, revealed that he was over in the US, while his mother was suffering with cancer. “I was f**king around over in the states when my mother was dying from cancer,” he said.

“I arrived home after she had been in a coma for a week, and hadn’t said a word. But when I approached the bed and said “hello mam”, she suddenly said “hello son,” and she died that night.”

The sports broadcaster had tears in his eyes as he said “she only saw a son who treated her like crap.”

He said that he “just hoped” there was a heaven, so that he could be reunited with her and apologise: “I just want to tell her how sorry I am, and say I’m so sorry, but look, I made it [to heaven].”

“Not a day goes by when I don’t regret what happened,” he added. 

He also spoke of he re-conversion to Catholicism just before he had surgery on his knee a few weeks ago. “I became utterly convinced that I was going to die,” he said “So, I re-joined the club.”

He added that he was “feeling great” after his surgery, but said his journey to religion again was the “way forward” in his life from now on, adding that he just “didn’t care” what anyone else thought of him.

Hook’s interview divided public opinion, and he received a number of abusive tweets following his appearance on the show, which he simply re-tweeted for all his followers to see.

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