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Sunday 11 December 2016

TV3 deny George Hook was 'set-up' during interview

The Late Review with Colette Fitzpatrick on TV3 (Photo: TV3)
The Late Review with Colette Fitzpatrick on TV3 (Photo: TV3)
The Late Review with Colette Fitzpatrick on TV3 (Photo: TV3)
The Late Review with Colette Fitzpatrick on TV3 (Photo: TV3)
George Hook
Colette Fitzpatrick,

TV3 have dismissed broadcaster George Hook's claims he was "set up" live on air.

Hook made the claims following a live interview with Colette Fitzpatrick (inset).

The former rugby pundit accused Fitzpatrick of calling him a "liar" and a "fake" during a discussion on women's rights.

The Newstalk presenter, who threatened to walk off live on air, said Tuesday night's broadcast was one of the most "unprofessional programmes" he has ever appeared on.

"I was asked to come on the show to talk about the Rugby World Cup and to talk about the abusive letter I got last March," he told the Herald.

"That is what I was asked to come on the show about. I wasn't asked to come on the show about my attitude to women or my attitude to rape or anything else, so I was setup.

"But I am big enough and ugly enough not to worry about getting set up," the 74-year-old added.

A spokesperson for TV3 last night denied Hook's claims, stating the accusations were categorically "untrue".

"To say he was invited on the show under false pretences is completely untrue," the spokesperson said.

"George was informed what was going to be discussed before appearing on the show."

Watch: The fracas breaks out at around the 6.05 mark in the video below and really starts to heat up at 11.10.

 

However, there seems to be no lasting bad feelings as Hook will return to TV3 next week to host the 'Seven O'Clock Show'.

He was speaking at the launch of the 'CityJet Rugby World Cup Live' in aid of Irish charity Haven.

George, who has retired from working as a rugby panellist with RTE, will be reunited with his former punditry colleagues in the RDS for special screenings of Ireland's Rugby World Cup qualifying matches.

The special screenings are been shown in aid of Haven - the Irish charity that works in the poverty stricken Haiti. The events will be streamed live on Independent.ie.

 

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