Sunday 21 January 2018

Mario Rosenstock hits out at 'classless' RTÉ as he jumps ship to TV3

Mario Rosenstock at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Gareth Chaney Collins
Mario Rosenstock at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Gareth Chaney Collins
Mario Rosenstock as Miriam O'Callaghan.
Mario Rosenstock as Marty Morrissey.

Kirsty Blake Knox and Sean O'Grady

Comedian Mario Rosenstock has hit out at RTE for the 'classless' manner in which they cancelled his TV show.

Rosenstock worked extensively with the national broadcaster in 2015 on shows such as 'The Mario Rosenstock Show'.

However, in recent years he says he has fallen out of favour with RTE bosses.

He no longer works with them and thinks the way they axed his series was unprofessional.

Mario Rosenstock as Marty Morrissey.
Mario Rosenstock as Marty Morrissey.

"RTE didn't want me anymore," he said. "I did a few series and Christmas Specials and they just never called me back. I guess they just went 'No we are finished with you'."

Rosenstock claims that RTE never informed him that his shows were being cancelled.

"When they are finally divorcing themselves from someone they could do it with a bit more style and a bit more class. And maybe even some communication. Rather than none of the above.

"I think they have a bit to learn in relation to public relation skills and human relation skills."

Mario Rosenstock as Miriam O'Callaghan.
Mario Rosenstock as Miriam O'Callaghan.

Rosenstock said other comedians had warned him that RTE could sometimes drop talent without notice.

"It is [frustrating] but before it happened to me I had people coming up and telling me about it".

When contacted last night an RTE spokesperson said: "We really enjoy working with Mario and wish him all the best on his new show."

Rosenstock will now take up a role on TV3's 'The Tonight Show' with Ivan Yates and Matt Cooper.

Denise Van Outen, Lucy Kennedy, Jason Byrne and Michelle Visage at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Denise Van Outen, Lucy Kennedy, Jason Byrne and Michelle Visage at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Meanwhile, former Ireland international Ronan O'Gara is set to join TV3 as part of the Six Nations panel.

O'Gara said commentating on the matches would be the "next best thing" to playing for his country.

TV3 has secured the rights for the Six Nations until 2021.

Yesterday, the station unveiled its new schedule with shows such as 'Ireland's Got Talent' and 'Blind Date'.

The station is investing heavily in its news department, with Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates set to front current affairs programme 'The Tonight Show'.

The launch of the new schedule took place in the National Concert Hall and was hosted by Al Porter.

'Ireland's Got Talent', hosted by Lucy Kennedy, is intended to rival RTÉ's 'Dancing with The Stars'.

Louis Walsh, comedian Jason Byrne, British TV host Denise Van Outen and American TV personality Michelle Visage make up the judging panel.

Marco Pierre White will be present on the new series of 'The Restaurant', while comedian Al Porter is going to front the Irish version of 'Blind Date'.

The first round of voluntary redundancy offers at RTÉ are expected to be announced today with the national broadcaster hoping to shed an estimated 250 staff members.

Management at the national broadcaster are to meet with staff at what is believed to be the start of a series of meetings to brief them on extensive restructuring or slimlining of operations.

Irish Independent

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