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New Republic Of Telly series will go ahead without Dermot – RTE

THEY may have lost their lead anchor, but RTE is determined to press ahead with a sixth series of Republic Of Telly.

The State broadcaster said the series will return without Dermot Whelan at the helm.

"Jennifer Maguire and Bernard O'Shea will be back with another series of Republic Of Telly," an RTE spokesperson told the Herald.

RTE has yet to comment on who – if anyone – will take over from the Limerick native. Republic Of Telly fans were shocked this week when Dermot announced he was leaving the show.

"Thank you to all who watched the Republic Of Telly over the last few years. I had such a ball but I'm leaving the show. No more jokes left."

"I'll miss him," his co-star Bernard told the Herald. "He's done a great job. But the show must go on and I can't wait until the next season." Dermot began hosting the show in 2010, after comedian Neil Delamere left to develop his stand-up routine.

But the host had grown tired of constantly slagging Fair City and the Today Show.

"I've done 63 episodes and there are only a certain amount of ways to say Fair City is terrible. I had a ball and the Republic Of Telly was amazing. We laughed a lot," he said.

"Jennifer, Bernard and I shall continue to be great pals. Bernard and I will be hitting the road in the autumn for some live stand-up, which could be another TV show in itself. I'm looking forward to getting back to stand-up and focusing on my radio work at 98FM.

"Who knows, I may ends up on the telly again. I've always fancied being on the Angelus," he joked.