Tuesday 10 December 2019

RTE paid for Making a Murderer lawyer Dean Strang to fly over for 'cringey' chat

Dean Strang on hit Netflix show Making a Murderer
Dean Strang on hit Netflix show Making a Murderer
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

The Ray D’Arcy Show flew Making a Murderer lawyer Dean Strang over from America especially for his ‘cringe-worthy’ interview, the Herald can reveal.

Irish viewers took to social media in their droves to complain about the general tone of the interview with the prominent defence attorney, who was one of the stars of the smash hit Netflix series.

But while an average of 412,000 people watched the exclusive interview with the man who defended Manitowoc native Steve Avery in his 2007 trial, many were left disappointed with its general tone.

RTE declined to comment on how much his travel expenses would have incurred, given that he was flown over from his base in Madison, Wisconsin. The Netflix star would also have been provided with accommodation in Dublin during his stay here.

Ray D'Arcy chats to Making a Murderer attorney Dean Strang
Ray D'Arcy chats to Making a Murderer attorney Dean Strang

RTE also said they “couldn’t comment” when asked if he received a fee for his appearance on the programme.

Many viewers complained on Twitter that D’Arcy wasted an invaluable opportunity to quiz the lawyer on the many conspiracy theories surrounding the ten-part series based on the real-life case of Avery.

He served 18 years after being convicted of a rape that he didn’t commit and was later acquitted of, and on his release in 2003 he subsequently indicated his intention to sue the county for €36m.

He was then arrested and charged with the rape and murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, whose cremated remains were found behind his home on the 45-acre plot of the Avery salvage yard.

The programme has gone viral on social media and sparked no shortage of ‘armchair sleuthing’, as fans exchange endless conspiracy theories.

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Many viewers believed that the Saturday night chat show host wasted precious time with Strang by laboriously going through all the plotlines involved in the hit show.

One viewer said: “Ray D’arcy is an absolute joke. I would love to see Dean Strang do a proper interview with Tubridy.”

At one point during the interview, D’Arcy revealed how he had heard “women in the office” discussing the attorney. The presenter added that he heard “his wife on the phone to her friends” talking about how he “wouldn’t be my normal type”, but they still found him attractive.

Strang awkwardly replied: “I can’t help you with that”.

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Reacting to the online criticism, an RTE spokesperson said: “Obviously, it is always a challenge to condense a 10-hour documentary series into a much shorter interview and, at all times, Ray was cognisant of the need to help Dean explain the case to those viewers who may not have been aware of the story behind Making a Murderer.”

She added the show peaked during the section where Strang was interviewed.

Seven people contacted RTE via phone and email with negative feedback, but no formal complaints had been received.

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