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Thursday 8 December 2016

George Hook: 'I found Joe Brolly's ugly dig at Marty Morrissey's looks funny'

Pictured: Maria Walsh, Ryan Tubridy, George Hook, Majella O'Donnell and Dermot Bannon ahead of tonight's Late Late Show
Pictured: Maria Walsh, Ryan Tubridy, George Hook, Majella O'Donnell and Dermot Bannon ahead of tonight's Late Late Show
Maria Walsh, George Hook and Majella O'Donnell ahead of tonight's Late Late Show
Ryan Tubridy and George Hook ahead of tonight's Late Late Show
Marty Morrissey

George Hook, who is fond of using colourful remarks as a pundit, has revealed how he found Joe Brolly's comment about commentator Marty Morrissey's looks "funny".

GAA pundit Brolly was reprimanded by RTE earlier this week after calling the broadcaster "ugly" on the Sunday Game, but George told the Herald that he doesn't see the harm in the remark.

"I actually thought it was very funny," the presenter said. "You have broadcasting authorities, whatever minister is in charge and all these people overlooking you. I think we've brought political correctness too far."

The broadcaster (74), who retired from his role as rugby panellist on the station earlier this year, said that he believes the banter between pundits on RTE sports programmes is a good thing.

"In fact, I think it's RTE's great strength," he said.

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Marty Morrissey

"I don't think Sky or BT would have given Hook or [Brent] Pope or [Eamon] Dunphy a job."

The radio presenter was speaking ahead of his appearance on tonight's Late Late Show, where he is competing in a dance off against Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh, singer Majella O'Donnell and architect Dermot Bannon in aid of various Irish charities.

Late Late host Ryan Tubridy, who celebrated his 42nd birthday yesterday, revealed that he's not nervous about competing against new Saturday Night Show host Ray D'Arcy when they go head-to-head this Autumn.

While there's no bad blood between the seasoned presenters, Ryan did admit he's keen to better his rival.

"We'll want to kick each others asses but you can do it like gentlemen, and I think that's what's going to happen," he said.

"I think it's going to be peace in the valley, but healthily competitive - which is what it should be. We want the best show in town."

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