Tuesday 16 January 2018

'The pay is not equal to the work' - ex-presenter Ruth O'Neill lifts lid on Xpose

Ruth O'Neill
Ruth O'Neill

Sean O'Grady

Former Xpose presenter Ruth O'Neill has described her role on the show as "the hardest job on the station".

The Dublin model, who quit TV3's flagship fashion and entertainment programme last month, also hit out at the wages she was paid, saying: "For how much work you do, the pay is not equal to the work."

Ruth is planning on heading to London to forge a new career for herself - and to be near her parents - and the former E! News presenter has firmly ruled out ever returning to Xpose.

"No, but I have kept the door open to work with TV3 [again]," she said.

Ruth also described the hectic nature of her job on Xpose, revealing that the show's presenters have to look after their own wardrobe, usually meaning she had to contact PR companies herself in order to get kitted out for her five shows a week.

"People don't understand, Xpose is crazy. It's five days a week, sometimes six," she said.

"It's evenings, early mornings, flights, editing and voice-overs, but on top of that you are doing your own hair and make-up and clothes. So, when it comes to the 'glam' side, there isn't really any support."

She also revealed that she had no choice in being made permanent on the show after the producers let three other presenters go.

"No one asked me if I wanted to be made permanent. No one asked me if I wanted to stay," said Ruth.

"Some people thought I was knocking on the door, saying 'Give me her job', but I wasn't. I had always planned to move on. I didn't really want to be in a job for 10 years."

Ruth admits she had some "incredible training" in her time with TV3, but that the job was only ever going to be for a maximum of two years.

She also admitted that there was "a bit of an age gap" between her and some of the other Xpose presenters.

"There was an age bracket thing, yeah. They are married and Karen Koster has kids and it's just different," she said.

"Myself and Cassie [Stokes] were doing a lot of travelling and a lot of the evening work. It was kind of expected, because [it was felt] 'Oh well, you guys are free'."

One good thing to come out of her time here is that the former model is now in a relationship with a Dublin man.

"He has everything I have been looking for - he is smart, really handsome, really good fun and open-minded," she said.

"We met at Christmas, so we've been doing long-distance between London and here since."

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