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Saturday 20 October 2018

I was right to use C-word says Kenny after live TV bust-up over house taunt

CRAP: 'I tend not to use slang, so when I do it's more effective' says Pat after winning apology

Pat Kenny today defended his use of the word 'crap' during an extraordinary live television spat over his 'trophy home'.

The RTE star clashed with union chief Jack O'Connor during last night's Frontline Show.

The former Late Late Show presenter was incensed after the SIPTU boss made reference to his Dalkey house.

And today an apologetic O'Connor said the broadcaster was "justified" in reacting with colourful language. O'Connor told the Herald he did not mean to "give offence" to the host of the Frontline programme.

Reasonable

The SIPTU chief was speaking on the show calling for "a reasonable level of tax on second or multiple homes or trophy houses."

Pat Kenny asked him: "What's a trophy house, by the way?"

O'Connor quickly replied: "A house like yours, probably, I'd say, Pat."

Laughter rippled through the studio audience and Kenny immediately shot back : "Well, I built my house in 1988. I don't want this kind of crap coming at me!"

Mr Connor, a few moments later, said: "I'm sorry if I offended you. I didn't mean to give offence at all."

Today, Pat Kenny told the Herald: "Jack O'Connor is a decent man. He left a message of apology with my researcher. I've no axe to grind with him.

"I tend not to use slang language so when I do, it's more effective.

"If you listen to Gerry Ryan everyday his use of the word crap is part of his vernacular. I have not used the word much but I have said it before. It is more effective by its rarity.

"My home is not a trophy house. I was in negative equity for 10 years after I built it. It's my home," he said.

Today, the union leader told the Herald: "It was a light-hearted remark. It wasn't designed to give offence ... I had no reason whatsoever to offend that man. I apologised as quickly as I could. I didn't get the chance to speak to him afterwards.

Treatment

"I assume now that he was offended because he thought I was referring to the publicity around the court case about his house or something. That never occurred to me.

"I expected to receive tough treatment on that programme. I would not have been surprised at anything that might have been said to me," he said.

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