Mario Rosenstock has weighed in on the Ryan Tubridy scandal and insisted that “it’s not worth ruining his career” over this mistake.
The Impressionist went on to say that if Ryan Tubridy is booted out as a result of this, then the rest of RTE should have to follow him.
Speaking to the Irish Mirror, the Irish satirist said he is as angry as the rest of the public paying their licence fee.
“My view on this is the same as everyone else’s. I pay my licence fee every year and I am pissed off and angry about it,” he said.
“I am pi**ed off paying it and having to watch Mrs Brown’s Boys’ Christmas Special repeats in July. The controversy is a massive betrayal of trust.”
Despite his general view on the matter, he pointed out that: “Ryan Tubridy is a fundamentally decent person. He’s old-school and very busy and I think he dropped the ball on this one.”
Admittedly, Rosenstock said it could be down to the advice the former Late Late Show host was given on the matter.
He continued: “He should have had better advice. Good advice would have been: ‘You know those published figures aren’t the figures you’re getting. You’re leaving yourself wide open here.’”
On a lighter note, he said he believes Ryan will “survive” the controversy,” before adding, “the decency of the Irish people will decide it’s not worth ruining his entire career over.”
He then told the publication: “I think if Ryan is wiped out, then RTE has to go. If they make him a sacrificial lamb for something they did, then RTE itself has to be disbanded.”
RTE’s interim Deputy Director General said it is “impossible” for Ryan Tubridy to return to his RTÉ Radio 1 show.
Adrian Lynch told the Oireachtas Media Committee that Ryan Tubridy won’t return to his popular radio show due to “editorial reasons”.
He said: “At the moment for editorial reasons, it is impossible for Ryan Tubridy to be back on air.
When asked if Tubridy would ever return to RTÉ, Lynch later said, “Again, can I just say for editorial reasons he is not on air at the moment.”
Tubridy is still eager to return to RTÉ despite his contract coming to an end.
The national broadcaster confirmed in a statement: “RTÉ has written to his agent that the contract (including all arrangements therein) has come to an end.
They also confirmed that “negotiations commenced regarding his radio responsibilities”.
“Those negotiations have been paused as with all negotiations as per Board statement.”
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