Friday 19 January 2018

BBC bosses red-faced as comic Tim McGarry takes a pop at Stephen Nolan's interview with Paul Gascoigne

Stephen Nolan
Stephen Nolan

Comedian Tim McGarry has left the BBC red-faced following a tweet taking a pop at fellow BBC personality Stephen Nolan.

Nolan last night interviewed Paul Gascoigne on his penultimate Nolan Live TV show and prior to the programme, McGarry tweeted, "#NOLANLIVE has Paul Gascoigne tomorrow. Expect Nolan to force tears out of him, express faux sympathy and try for another James Galway."

The tweet refers to the fact that James Galway appeared on Nolan's radio show last week and made allegations against Dr Ian Paisley, claiming the former DUP leader was "indirectly responsible" for deaths during the Troubles. 

Mr McGarry, who has 11,400 followers on Twitter, was contacted by The Belfast Telegraph but said "I'd rather not talk about it" while a BBC NI spokesman said, "Tim McGarry is a comedian and satirist and his comments are his own."

He is best known as a member of the comedy group The Hole in the Wall Gang and has also appeared in BBC shows Hearts and Minds and The Blame Game.

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