Friday 23 August 2019

Al Porter standing aside from his Christmas Panto role

Al Porter has resigned from Today FM
Al Porter has resigned from Today FM
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Al Porter is now standing aside from his role in this year's Olympia Theatre Pantomime.

Pat Egan Management and Spotlight Productions released a statement this morning, reading; "Due to recent developments, Al Porter is standing aside from his role in this year’s Pantomime Polly and the Beanstalk at the Olympia Theatre."

Al Porter has resigned from Today FM
Al Porter has resigned from Today FM

They added; "A replacement star will be announced shortly."

Meanwhile, Muireann O'Connell, filled in for Al Porter today and will host the lunchtime slot for the rest of the week while the station seeks to find a permanent replacement for the presenter.

Muireann O'Connell and Ray Foley on the Six O'Clock Show/TV3
Muireann O'Connell and Ray Foley on the Six O'Clock Show/TV3

The comedian and broadcaster resigned with immediate effect from his position on Today FM on Sunday amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Porter has presented the lunchtime midday to 2.30pm show on Today FM since February 13 this year.

Muireann O'Connell  is the presenter of Today FM's Saturday Hits and also co-hosts The Six O'Clock Show on TV3.

Today FM has yet to announce Porter's official replacement.

In a statement issued yesterday evening, Porter said he was "completely taken aback by reports in the media and on the social networks over the weekend and by the scale and tone of the vitriol."

He said he "at no time intended to upset anyone."

Al Porter said yesterday in his statement that he was "unaware of these complaints or the impact of [his] conduct."

He added that he is "truly sorry for any distress I may have caused in what I had regarded as light-hearted and good-natured circumstances."

He continued; "Although, on legal advice, I cannot comment on specific allegations at the present time, I nonetheless sincerely apologise to anyone I may have genuinely offended.

"I am very grateful to Today FM, the Olympia Panto and TV3 for the space and time I’ve been granted to deal with the situation. I have however come to the personal decision that I need time away from the spotlight after decades in the entertainment industry. I have informed Today FM that I am resigning from the station with immediate effect.

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