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BLATHNAID – I've Too BIG A personality to BE A co-host again

PRESENTER Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh feels she has "too big a personality" to co-host an RTE show.

The 43-year-old said that, at this stage in her career, she would prefer to helm a TV slot by herself, and admitted she should have quit RTE's The Afternoon Show a year before she did in 2008.


The Dalkey-based gaelgoir presented the programme with Sheana Keane and Anna Nolan for four years.

There were reports of alleged on-set bullying at the time, with talk of tension between Ni Chofaigh and Keane away from the camera.

"What I learned from it is that I could never co-host again," said Ni Chofaigh.

"I'm too old and too big a personality. On a show like that, your contributors and your experts and all those people become presenters, too.

"It's like Oprah. It's not a job that needs two people."

Ni Chofaigh was one of the last to get a staff job at RTE. "Myself and Derek Mooney are the last of the dinosaurs, I was very lucky," she said.

And the mother of four said it keeps the pressure on her to continually come up with fresh ideas.

"If Grainne (Seoige) or Kathryn (Thomas) want something, they send in their agent," she said.

"But Blathnaid does it herself. That can be good, they're looking at me every day and can't ignore me, but it can be bad, because I'm annoying to them."

She said that she was not herself during her final year with the Afternoon Show.

"There are so many things I don't remember about that year," she said.

"I have no memory of six months. Me not being well was a condition, but me not getting better was stress.

"If it happened again, I'd just get a prescription and take the happy pill.

"That might have made all the difference. I couldn't feel anything. I was not with the programme."