Tuesday 20 March 2018

Ray Foley wants a gay version of Take Me Out

Take Me Out has proved a ratings draw for TV3
Take Me Out has proved a ratings draw for TV3

By Eimear Rabbitte

TAKE Me Out Host Ray Foley has called on TV3 to consider making a gay version of the hit dating show.

The 98fm Breakfast Show host says that a gay Take Me Out would bring added entertainment value and promote better inclusion of gay people in Irish society.

“I think it would be a great thing, we should allow proper gay marriage in this country and I don't see why a proper gay version of Take Me Out or any show shouldn't go ahead,” the 32-year-old told the Herald.

“It would obviously be different, but a change is always a good laugh.

“I think they have done gay ones in Australia so I don't see why it wouldn't work here.

Take Me Out has proved a ratings draw for the Ballymount station and sees one man battle to impress a group of 30 women with the possibility of scoring a date.

Ray explained that TV3 and show bosses have been approached many times about making alternative versions of the dating game.

“We have been approached many times by people and different groups asking would we not do a gay version,” said the presenter.

“The production schedule of Take Me Out is pretty tight. There was talk of doing a Christmas one before and there was talk of doing a gay one and a celebrity one but it never panned out.”

The presenter, who also hosts the 98fm breakfast show every morning, says he is getting used to his growing level of fame.

“It's been on for four years now. Initially, when it first started, I had only been on the radio before so people did begin to recognise me.

“I put on a few stone since the last time we filmed thankfully so I think I look less like me,” laughed Ray.

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