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Republic of Telly star to do battle with old show

POPULAR TV show Republic of Telly will have some competition next year – from a brand new show fronted by former host Dermot Whelan.

Having announced he was quitting the RTE2 comedy series last month, the Herald has learned that the standup is working with RTE writers on his own show with the same irreverent style as Republic of Telly.

"It really is in the early stages at the moment, but it will be much looser and less scripted than Republic of Telly, but appeals to the same audience," an RTE source said.

After announcing he was leaving the series, Whelan (40) had joked that, after 63 episodes, there was "only a certain amount of ways to say Fair City is terrible".

At the time, it was reported that his decision had been to concentrate on standup and his job as a host of station 98FM's Drivetime slot with Dave Moore.


Meanwhile, co-star and pal Bernard O'Shea has not ruled out taking over Whelan's job as host of Republic of Telly with Jennifer Maguire.

"The story is Dermot's gone and there could be a new presenter – could be Jennifer, it could be me," said O'Shea.

"I'd be happy doing what I do on that and maybe expanding that for a season or two seasons."