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Saturday 3 December 2016

Hell hath no fury like a Hector scorned - time to stop whinging about RTE

Hector O hEochagain
Hector O hEochagain

There has always been something a bit tiresome about Hector O hEochagain's "up for the craic" act, his obsessive fondness for rural patois and his almost stage Oirishness when it comes to describing just about everything.

While his "I'm mad for it" schtick has no doubt endeared him to his loyal followers, it was perhaps his one-dimensional appeal that made RTE bosses decide to axe his 2fm show, having taken it as a far as it could go - ie, Navan, with no hope of going farther east.

While there was a quiet, reflective side of Hector on the Saturday Night Show when he talked movingly about the sudden loss of his mother in January, how unfortunate it was that he had to show signs of bitterness when asked about his departure from 2fm.

"They pulled the rug from underneath us there," he said. "It was flying, we had a large audience, it was doing very well."

Hector is obviously not short of self-belief, and happily talked up his career post-2fm, revealing that he's working on a show for an independent broadcaster, and "it's the most exciting TV show idea that I've come up with since Only Fools Buy Horses, which I sold to 25 countries".

Sadly, he still feels compelled to wheel out his zany, up-for-the-craic act by making a small-minded, disparaging comment about what's on RTE since they stopped airing his shows: "You're either bloody Miriam O'Callaghan talking s***e or another one trying to imitate Miriam O'Callaghan."

When Hector asked Brendan O'Connor about his own future, trying to draw similarities between the treatment each has received from RTE, Brendan refused to slag off his employers, dead-batting with: "I'm very excited about the future and I'm glad to be going out on a high."

Diplomacy like that points to the reason that Brendan will, indeed, have a long and bright future on RTE while Hector on the other hand probably won't.

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