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Friday 21 September 2018

Jennifer's joy as Republic of Telly gets new series -- but will she be in it?

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RTE star Jennifer Maguire said she won't be relying on a TV career as showbusiness isn't a safe bet.

Although her RTE Two hit Republic Of Telly has been commissioned for a new series, former BBC Apprentice star Jennifer is downplaying her chances on a return to the small screen in Autumn.

"There is no guarantee that I will be back next series. I just don't know.

"Someone younger, funnier and prettier could come along," she told the Herald.

She attended the Event Industry Awards at the Burlington Hotel earlier this week, with co-presenter Dermot Whelan who revealed a second series has got the green light.

Even though many now see Jennifer as the new 'It' girl of RTE, she humbly credits the increased ratings for Republic Of Telly to all the new Irish comedy acts appearing on the weekly show.

Acts like the Rubberbandits and Andy Quirke's Ivor and Damo have stormed the Irish charts and become hits on YouTube on the back on their appearances on the show.

"The great thing about the Republic Of Telly is that it's not just about the presenters, it's about showcasing new talent in the country. It's great that all these new acts have a platform to launch themselves off."

Despite Jennifer's presenting success on Republic Of Telly and dating show One Night Stand, the Dubliner admitted that finding the right project is tough. "There isn't much work out there for a female presenter," she said.

"I don't even know what I'm doing next week. But I would like to slow down in the next few years."

Wanting to slow down should come as no surprise as Jennifer runs her own business -- Bella The Makeover Studio -- which she considers her main job.

"I don't think I could do the TV work without running my business because I would be living in a tent in the park," she joked.

Jennifer is awaiting word from RTE about whether they plan to give One Night Stand the green light for a second series.

"I don't know what's happening with it this year. But it's definitely something I'd love to do again."

Meanwhile, her co-presenter Dermot is delighted Republic Of Telly has been recommissioned -- especially in the current climate. "The show is coming back in the Autumn which is a great vote of confidence. Obviously the axe has fallen on The Panel and a couple of other shows. It's a tough time to try and get a TV show made. But RTE are willing to back up, realistically, an experimental show," he admitted.

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