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Friday 24 November 2017

I loved hosting One Night Stand... but it was just too risque for RTE - Jen

Jennifer Maguire has claimed that her dating show was cancelled because it was too risque for RTE.

The former Apprentice star reckons that station bosses at Montrose are a bit too prudish.

One Night Stand wasn't recommissioned after its first series but it wasn't because of poor viewership.

"I loved doing One Night Stand, it was so much fun. I've always been interested in the dating scene and, let's be honest, Ireland is a bit behind the times when it comes to all that so I really enjoyed doing it.

"But it's strange, I was told that RTE felt that the show was too risque and that's why it wasn't brought back," Jennifer told the Herald.

Her claims come as rival station TV3 begins airing a new run of its own dating show, Take Me Out.

The first season of the RTE 2 show saw Jennifer (30) try to match three women in each episode with the perfect man, travelling all around the country to find their ideal match.

After picking from hundreds of single men, the female contestants got to go on a date in hopes of finding their Mr Right. Despite there being no kissing or scenes of any sexual nature on the show, Jennifer said RTE axed the show because it was too saucy.

"I loved working with that production company though and I'm hoping to do something else with them now," she said.

A spokeswoman for RTE refused to say why the series wasn't brought back for a second season.

"Programmes don't come back for a variety of different reasons. But we generally don't comment on why individual programmes don't get recommissioned," she said.

Meanwhile, former UK Apprentice star Jennifer admitted that things are tough behind the scenes on Republic of Telly. The presenter said that the production team is quite small and admitted that RTE don't have the money to bring more people in to work on the show.

"RTE can't afford to have a massive team and make things a little bit easier for us. But to be honest we're used to that because it's always been that way. There definitely is pressure on us to work extra harder now, you're only as good as your last show, the public can be really cruel," she said.

"But we're lucky because the show has gone from strength to strength, it's done so well the last two series, everything has just clicked so even though there is pressure week to week I know we are doing a good job at the end of the day," she added.

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