First Dates Ireland star forced to defend 'horrible' date after backlash from fans
One of the stars of last week's First Dates Ireland has been forced to defend his "horrible" date after fans of the show criticised him online.
Richard McNeil has defended his date Timmie Murphy after fans of the show slated him for the way he rejected Richard.
Both men had seemingly enjoyed a pleasant first date, despite the fact that Timmie said things like: "When people look at me they think they see an alpha male but what I actually am is a princess.”
When it came to the awkward question 'is a second date on the cards?', Timmie encouraged a visibly keen Richard to go first, only to let him down when it was his turn to speak.
After the brutal rejection, a crushed Richard put his heads in his hands and appeared to cry on camera. It took a moment for the Donegal man to compose himself before he could speak.
Fans of the show took to Twitter to slate Timmie for friend-zoning Richard in such a brutal way.
"I'm sorry if you know you're going to turn someone down for a second date why would you make them go first? It's so mean," wrote one viewer.
However, despite what happened on the show, the 43-year-old engineer insists that Timmie is a "nice guy".
"He was very easy to get on with. He was very friendly, very sociable but there was just no spark," he told The Star newspaper.
"How he dealt with it is just a different story, but at the end of the day, he is not a horrible person.
"I was actually happy to go first because I have watched this so many times and if had went first and said no, I can't think what I would have done."
Richard revealed on the show that he had been married for 10 years only to come out when he was 39.
My ❤went out to Richard. Any decent person would have spoken first if not interested ffs! Not cool Timmie. #FirstDatesIRL— Elaine Sears (@illier) January 19, 2017
#FirstDatesIRL is breaking my heart! Poor Richard! What a crappy thing to happen to such a lovely man— Emer Hough (@emerhough) January 19, 2017
Verdict of the night? That Timmie lad was an out and out prick, left Richard pay, made him talk first then crushed him #FirstDatesIRL— johnny osullivan (@putlock) January 19, 2017
I'm sorry if you know you're going to turn someone down for a second date why would you make them go first? It's so mean #FirstDatesIRL— lyd (@cherlookit) January 19, 2017
The unwritten rule of #FirstDatesIRL if you're not interested, you don't say to the other person 'you go first' to set them up for a fall— Tom Flynn (@tomflynnphoto) January 19, 2017
That was so so cruel, WHY make him answer first if you're going to reject him!? Horrible #FirstDatesIRL— rachel (@racheleustace) January 19, 2017
The unspoken rule is that if you aren't interested, you go first. Dickish move #FirstDatesIRL— dave keane (@DavidmKeane) January 19, 2017