Saturday 16 December 2017

Fight broke out between two families on new show, reveals host

Left, team mentors Eddie O’Sullivan, Davy Fitzgerald, Kenny Egan and Nikki Symmons. Below, Mairead Farrell
Left, team mentors Eddie O’Sullivan, Davy Fitzgerald, Kenny Egan and Nikki Symmons. Below, Mairead Farrell
Mairead Farrell
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

COMPETITION on the RTE show 'Ireland's Fittest Family' turned unhealthy when a fight broke out during filming.

The host of the show, Mairead Farrell, last night confirmed that some of the contestants had become engaged in a row during one particular challenge, but said that the scene will not be aired.

"There was a disagreement I suppose, that you wouldn't see on a family show, and it's not going to be in the show," she told the Irish Independent.

The idea for 'Ireland's Fittest Family' is based on a concept from Clare hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald and James Sexton.

Farrell let the news of the "scrap" slip while on Anton Savage's radio show on Today FM.

"There may have been an episode, but I think there was a decision made not to show it. There was a fight, a little scrap.

"It's disappointing that we can't show it, but we can't show it," she said.

Last night she refused to name the families involved in the fracas, but confirmed that the challenge in which it occurred during has yet to be shown on television.

A spokesperson for RTE said the broadcaster had "no comment" on the incident, "except to say that all of the families gave it their all".

RTE said it was "delighted" with the series after receiving a hugely positive reaction to the first two episodes.

The show, which sees 12 families battle it out for a €15,000 prize and the title of 'Ireland's Fittest Family', was filmed last summer while Fitzgerald was also busy leading the Clare hurling team to All-Ireland victory.

RTE revealed that Fitzgerald's format had attracted "lots of international interest".

Over the course of the six episodes, the 12 families compete against each other on endurance courses and the weakest family is then eliminated each week. On Saturday night, viewers saw the Houlihan family eliminated.

Fitzgerald also acts as one of the mentors to the families on the show. He is joined by Olympic boxing medallist Kenny Egan, Irish hockey star Nikki Symmons and former Irish rugby coach Eddie O'Sullivan.

Irish Independent

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