Why Brent's Come Dine With Me plan has gone off the boil
Rugby commentator Brent Pope was asked to be on the new series of Come Dine With Me.
But the Diary can reveal how he had to pull out amid concerns that it could have been a conflict of interests given that it's made by a rival station. The in-demand RTE analyst decided to take himself off the menu at the last minute after being advised that going on the programme wouldn't be the best idea. "TV3 were really keen to get him on board the new series as he's such a well-known personality. He was really keen himself to do the show but in the end, the decision was made not to go with it. That's just the way it goes sometimes," said an insider. Other names being lined up for the next series are Michael O'Doherty, Holly Sweeney, Madeleine Mulqueen and Pippa O'Connor (right).