Friday 22 March 2019

Jenny Green to leave 2FM after 12 years

Jenny Greene
Jenny Greene
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

2FM DJ Jenny Greene has announced her departure from the station after 12 years.

The radio star, who is famed for The Electric Disco as well as her partnership with Westlife’s Nicky Byrne on their midday slot from 10am – 1pm on weekdays, said in a statement the decision to leave came “with a heavy heart”. 

It was revealed this morning that Jennifer Zamparelli will host her own show at that time. The shake up comes as her Dancing With the Stars co-host moves on from the station while he tours with Westlife for their reunion tour.

The Breakfast Republic team will remain as it is for now with Keith Walsh, Bernard O’Shea and Lottie Ryan on the airwaves together, according to an RTE spokesperson. 

The changes will come into effect on 10 June. 

Meanwhile, Greene took to Instagram to post a statement about her decision to leave the station completely rather than take on another show in the evening. 

“It is with a very heavy heart that I have decided to bid farewell to 2FM. 12 years ago John Clarke gave me the opportunity of a lifetime, to host my own show on Friday night. Soon after, Ian Wilson took me under his wing and secured me a Saturday night show and he gave me the freedom to create my own brand and vision with The Electric Disco. I can never thank him enough for the belief he had in me,” she said.  

She went on to say that her co-presenter Nicky Byrne had become her “rock” since they began work together on The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene in 2014. She said when 2FM boss Dan Healy approached her about the idea she had “never in a million years imagined” that the pairing would be so successful.

“I have had so many amazing experiences from broadcasting at Oxegen, Electric Picnic, Sea Sessions and Longitude to actually performing at festivals and selling out arenas with the amazing RTE Concert Orchestra and Gemma Sugrue.

“Broadcasting live from my own back garden with Nicky, fulfilling a lifelong dream of dancing with Riverdance, to Nicky surprising me with a phone call from one of my all time heroes Joanna Lumley, the list is endless.”

“Having started off in the evening time and progressing on to a very successful day time show, going back to the evenings on 2FM, just don’t feel like the right decision for me both professionally and personally,” she said.

“So I want to thank all the loyal listeners who tuned in everyday on 2FM and those who helped me along the way in RTE, you know who you are.” 

She signed off with a quote from radio great Terry Wogan: “There’s never a right time to leave something you love, but there might be a wrong time if you hang on too long”. 

While she is leaving the station, she will still perform as part of the previously scheduled RTÉ Concert Orchestra gigs this summer.

Dan Healy said he wished her the best in her future plans. 

“Nicky and Jenny have been a massive part of 2FM over the past 5 years and have been an important part of changing the 2FM brand to what it is today and I would like to thank them both for delivering 5 years of great radio,” he said. 

“I wish Nicky the best as he returns to a worldwide tour with Westlife and Jenny the best in her future endeavours."

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