Monday 19 August 2019

TV3 to 'drop' Blind Date - at a cost of €500,000

Al Porter.
Al Porter.

Sean O'Grady

TV3 has axed the six remaining episodes of Blind Date - a move that will cost the broadcaster nearly €500,000.

The episodes - which TV3 had planned to show in the new year - have been dropped in the wake of sexual assault allegations against host Al Porter.

"A show such as Blind Date costs about €50,000 an episode to produce," said an insider.

"Then you've got the likes of travel and hotel costs for the contestants, and the trips here, there and everywhere for the winning couple.

"Add it to Al Porter's fee - which has undoubtedly already been paid - and you're talking the guts of half a million."

Porter (24) resigned from Today FM and stepped aside from the Olympia Christmas panto, to be replaced by Mrs Brown's Boys star Rory Cowan.

It was recently revealed a young man, believed to be in his 20s, has made a formal statement to gardai alleging that he was assaulted by Porter.

St Patrick's Mental Hospital has refused to confirm whether it reported a sexual assault complaint against the comedian.

The complaint was made after Porter visited the hospital in 2015.

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