'RTE will replace him now the show is getting good feedback' - Everyone was loving Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge last night
Brendan O'Connor appears to have hit his stride with new RTE series Cutting Edge.
In the third episode of the panel show he was joined by Colm O'Regan, Chris Donoghue, and Cáit O'Riordan and they discussed everything from cyclists to Adele to addiction and fat shaming.
In an era when viewers don't hold back on social media regarding their gripes with TV shows, particularly Irish TV shows, the show has managed to garner overwhelmingly positive reaction.
The show aims to dissect the week's news and the tone veers from irreverent to serious and back again, and it has already provided a few memorable moments.
Last week writer Louise O'Neill sounded off on the soapbox about being 31 and not wanting to have children and being called 'selfish' for her decision.
The panel, Al Porter, Alison O'Connor and Niamh Horan weighed in on the debate with Niamh sparking heated debate when she said that it was the behaviour of modern parents, rather than women who don’t want to have children, that can often be selfish.
“A lot of today’s parenting, I find, is quite selfish. You see mums dropping their kids off to a crèche at 7am when it’s dark and picking them up at 7pm at night when it’s dark,” she said.
“They say, ‘well I’m a woman, I want it all and I can have it all.’ Who’s suffering? It’s the child who is suffering at the end of the day.”
On the first episode Newstalk presenter George Hook became emotional during his soapbox speech about heaven and the death of his mother.
Last night's episode was praised by viewers for O'Connor's hosting style, the mix of guests, and varied topics.
Enjoyed #CuttingEdge tonight. Excellent guests this week, especially Chris Donoghue ..— DrCTD (@cairotango) June 1, 2016
Really enjoyed #CuttingEdge something different and suits Brendans style...— Jimmy Allen (@JAllenTightrope) June 1, 2016
My favourite panel on the round table so far #CuttingEdge this show is getting better by the week— Nikky Linnane (@NLinnane) June 1, 2016
Brendan O'Connor might've struck gold with #CuttingEdge. Lively and engaging format.— David Walsh (@whatwalshsays) June 1, 2016
#CuttingEdge Tonight's panel had a very socially aware, genuinely refreshing chat, great watching!!— Longshanks (@36kerry36) June 1, 2016
Really enjoy the contrast of serious topics in an informal setting -great format! #CuttingEdge— Cíara (@Ciaramazeballs) June 1, 2016
Watching back #CuttingEdge superb television - Brendan O'Connor brilliant at nudging it along— Paraic Casey (@paraiccasey) June 1, 2016