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Saturday 10 December 2016

Jennifer Maguire: Republic of Telly's fate still hangs in the balance

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Jennifer Maguire
Kevin McGahern alongside Jennifer Maguire and Bernard O'Shea
Rep of Telly cast with frequent guest Georgia Salpa

It might be one of RTE's most popular shows, but presenter Jennifer Maguire revealed she is unsure whether Republic of Telly will be returning for another season.

The new mother said that despite the show's popularity among Irish audiences, she doesn't know if it will get another series.

"I don't know when we're back, if we're back," she said.

"The show is rocking. It's doing really well - we've great figures. The Republic of Telly is on since 2008.

"Kevin McGahern has done a great job in the hot-seat," she told TV Now.

It seems it's not only Jennifer who is uncertain about the future of the show, as RTE said last night that they are still considering whether to recommission it for another series.

"As Jennifer said, Republic of Telly has enjoyed a very successful season. However, it's too soon to confirm if the series will be back in the autumn," a statement from the national broadcaster said.

"At the end of every series RTE will take time to review a series's performance before re-commissioning a series."

The latest season of Republic of Telly scored some impressive viewing figures.

It featured a different replacement for Jennifer each week as she stepped back from the show to give birth to her first child, Florence, in March.

The most popular 'Jen of the Week' proved to be drag queen and gay rights campaigner Panti Bliss, who drew in 163,000 viewers to the show.

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Kevin McGahern alongside Jennifer Maguire and Bernard O'Shea

Former MTV news anchor Laura Whitmore also recorded some impressive ratings with 160,000 tuning in.

Fashion blogger Vogue Williams proved the most popular of the Irish models on the show with 154,000 watching her episode, with reality stars Georgia Salpa and Nadia Forde drawing 124,000 and 118,000 for their appearances respectively.

Recently, Jennifer revealed that she's working on a spin off sitcom based on the 'Eamon and Bridget' sketch she features in with her TV and radio co-presenter Bernard O'Shea on Republic of Telly.

"A few of us are writing the sitcom," Jennifer told the Herald.

"It's had more than a million hits on YouTube. We have that in development at the moment but we can't really say too much about it, though there might be some exciting news by the end of the year.

"We're excited about that because they are characters we've done for a couple of years and people love them.

"Bernard and I are writing it with some other people - we can't get away from each other. We love working together, even if we kill each other sometimes."

The mum of one is rushed off her feet just a few months after giving birth and is working on a number of TV projects, including a second season of The Unemployables which she presents with Darren Kennedy.

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She's also recently made her return to 2FM's Breakfast Republic after taking 10 weeks maternity leave to settle into motherhood.

"I'm delighted to be back - the place has descended into chaos since I've been gone," Jennifer said.

"It just seems to have gone by so quickly. I feel like I have to raise my child in 10 weeks, but I'm lucky in that I'll be racing home after the show."

Jen also recently said she won't be making a documentary on becoming a mum.

"We didn't do any [press] at our wedding because some things you just don't, but, you know, the poor child … no, I wouldn't do that [a documentary] to it," she told U Magazine.

"No way, some things are sacred," she added.

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