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Angela Scanlon saw off competition from stars including Jennifer Zamparelli to host her new chat show

Angela Scanlon saw off competition from stars including Jennifer Zamparelli to host her new chat show

Angela Scanlon saw off competition from stars including Jennifer Zamparelli to host her new chat show

TV presenter Angela Scanlon has spoken about her new Saturday night chat show on RTE and how she found the speculation around the other women in the running to front it "so condescending".

In January, it was confirmed that the Meath-born presenter was to front a new programme - Angela Scanlon's Ask Me Anything - for the state broadcaster after seeing off competition from other female presenters including Kathryn Thomas, Jennifer Zamparelli and Doireann Garrihy.

After recording two episodes of the eight-week series, the programme has been put on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic, and Angela is currently back in London with her husband Roy Horgan and two-year-old daughter Ruby.

Speaking about the new show, Angela said the coverage was blown out of all proportion.

"The truth is that people interview for jobs every single day, whether they work in the civil service or in finance or in telly," she said.

"It's unfortunate that the interview process, if you want to call it that, was made public.

"You know, five men go for a job, there's no story, but a woman presenting a chat show, it's shock-horror.

"Bibi Baskin, Miriam O'Callaghan, Marian Finucane, Claire Byrne - it's not like this is the first time a woman has been given the chance to hold a microphone. It's so condescending.

"But this slot, for a number of years, in this shape, has been dominated by men, and so now that's what's different."

The 36-year-old also said she finds the questions about juggling her job with family life "frustrating" as it's not one that would be asked of a man.

"It's not like it's far. I mean, it's quicker than going to Manchester," she said of travelling from London to Dublin to work on the chat show.

"Roy, thankfully, is a modern man.

"And so, you know, we share, so he's gonna be doing a bit of the heavy lifting for those few days for eight weeks.

"I'll come over on a Tuesday to Dublin, record on a Wednesday and, ideal scen- ario, be back on a Thursday to London.

"It's three days, in the grand scheme of things."

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Angela also revealed she is "excited-slash-terrified" when it comes to fronting her own chat show.

"It's three guests each week and I can ask them anything. And we're just chatting," said Angela.

"On most shows, guests are briefed heavily on what's going to come up.

"I guess I kind of wanted to have a show where you're having a chinwag that's a bit less prepared.

"It's never putting somebody on a chair and then, like, bullying them into answering uncomfortable questions about periods of their life that they'd rather forget."