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 HOST: Marty Whelan

HOST: Marty Whelan

HOST: Marty Whelan

RTE star Marty Whelan has dismissed reports that he has been axed from the Winning Streak show.

The Dublin presenter said he has not been told of any changes to the schedule, including rumours that GAA presenter Marty Morrissey is to replace him in a game show shake-up.

Speaking to the Herald last night, Whelan (57) said: "As far as I am concerned I am presenting Winning Streak in September, and why wouldn't I?

"The figures are fine, the show goes very well and everyone seems very happy with it.

"So as far as I am concerned, why would they change it?"

However, the chatty host did admit that nothing is set in stone until he receives his contract from the broadcaster.

"You have to wait for a contract because every year people look at programmes and the changes they need to make," he said.

"But nobody has said to me 'that's it, you're off then', so if nobody says you're off then you have to say you're on. That's the way I deal with it."

Speaking about reports that he was about to be replaced by a "younger model" in 53-year-old Morrissey, Whelan suggested that his RTE colleague would be more suited to a game show with a sporting twist.

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"Marty would be marvellous . . . in a GAA sort of way," he said.

Whelan was among the celebrities who walked the red carpet at the opening night of the National Theatre of Great Britain's production of War Horse at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

Set during the First World War, the acclaimed show has been seen by more than five million people worldwide since 2007.

Love/Hate star Aoibhinn McGinnity, Newstalk host Pat Kenny, presenters Lisa Cannon, Maia Dunphy and Norah Casey and a string of Fair City stars including former soap siren Aoibhin Garrihy were also in attendance.

Former RTE star Pat Kenny was joined by his wife Kathy and daughter Nicole as he looked forward to the "weepathon" of War Horse, while actress Garrihy, away from filming The Fall, was her usual glamorous self in an Emma Manley creation as she caught up with Fair City pal Aoibheann McCaul.

Henry McKean, also of Newstalk, attracted some attention as he turned out in a strange ensemble – the colourful trousers he wore on the Late Late Show last week.

ERABBITTE@HERALD.IE


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