Saturday 22 October 2016

Brian Ormond: 'I grew tired of being RTE's supersub'

Brian Ormonde
Brian Ormonde

Brian Ormond is relieved to no longer be RTE’s “super sub” after landing his own gameshow on TV3.

The broadcaster admitted he had grown tired of the bit-part roles RTE were offering him.

“I’ve always been [RTE’s] super sub and pulled in to fill in for somebody or takeover from somebody who has hosted the show before,” he said.

“Whether it was You’re A Star or Winning Streak or Big Money Game, there were always other presenters before me.”

Ormond (35) will front the Irish version of UK show Wishlist on TV3 next year.

“This is the first time I have my own gameshow,” he said.

“I’m the first to do it and make it my own from the start. I’m really excited and thrilled about that.”

Brian, who was joined by his model wife Pippa O’Connor at yesterday’s TV3 launch, admitted he felt as though he spent years “knocking on doors” trying to get work with the State broadcaster.

“It’s so hard these days, especially in RTE.

“But it’s got to the stage now where you are a freelance presenter and you’re not tied to one channel – I like to think we can channel hop,” he told the Herald.

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