Sunday 15 December 2019

Brolly sorry for branding Rachel a 'Baywatch babe'

Rachel Wyse of Sky Sports News
Rachel Wyse of Sky Sports News
Joe Brolly
Rachel Wyse to front Sky's GAA coverage as new lineup unveiled (Generated thumbnail)
Rachel Wyse

Sam Griffin

OUTSPOKEN RTE pundit Joe Brolly has been ordered not to make any more controversial remarks after he branded Sky Sports' new GAA presenter Rachel Wyse a "Baywatch babe".

'The Sunday Game' pundit yesterday apologised for his "crass" remarks on Twitter after he was inundated with a barrage of angry comments criticising him.

The All-Star forward and former All-Ireland champions with Derry had tweeted: "SKY = TV3 plus Baywatch babe."

He added further fuel to his argument by later tweeting: "SKY's entrenched beautiful anchor formula is shamelessly sexist, designed for their overwhelmingly male audience. That is the point."

Wyse (29), who pens a weekly column for the Irish Independent, was this week announced as the new face of the commercial broadcaster's inaugural season of GAA coverage.

The Dublin native had been tipped to bag a presenting role as she is a presenter on Sky Sports News.

But the GAA's decision to sell television rights to Sky Sports has been heavily criticised by fans here, as well as former players like Brolly.

But after users of the social network tweeted Brolly saying his remarks were unfair, he later apologised for his tweets and said they were not a criticism of Ms Wyse's abilities as a broadcaster.

"Rachel, I apologise for the remark about a "Baywatch babe". It was not meant to be personal but it was crass & wrong of me," he tweeted yesterday.

"It was no reflection on your abilities as a presenter or at least I didn't mean it to be. I apologise. It will not be repeated."

Sky Sports then criticised Brolly for his comments but welcomed his apology.

"We were disappointed with his views and we note that he has subsequently apologised. Rachel is a highly-experienced journalist who will play a key part in our GAA coverage," the broadcaster said in a statement.

In response to media queries, RTE said "the views expressed by Joe Brolly are not those of RTE and he has been asked to desist from making such comments".

Irish Independent

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