On RTÉ’s Dancing With The Stars.
Contestant Hughie Maughan , left of host Nicky Byrne (above), went blackface.
He spoke to Ryan Tubridy on RTE Radio One this morning.
From their discussion:
Hughie Maughan: “I didn’t think it was going to be like, so many, one of the top trending things on Twitter and be in all the newspapers and…this morning I got a, I’d seen a clip, there’s a channel in America, and there’s a chat show and they spoke about my tan on the chat show.”
Ryan Tubridy: “And how do you feel about that?”
Maughan: “I think, that’s just weird because that was a genuine mistake. If I’d planned something probably nobody would speak about that. Cause I’d never be clever enough to speak about..it was a genuine mistake, it was like trying to make a bad situation better and then it just got worse.”
Tubridy: “The producer of the programme said ‘Hughie is like a hyperactive child. He can’t sit still or concentrate on one thing for any length of time. Everything he does is over the top, including his tan. I don’t know what he’ll be like next week. Maybe he’s going for a sponsorship deal with Ronseal‘.”
Tubridy: “That’s from Larry Bass, of Shinawil, according to Melanie Finn, in the Herald this morning.”
Maughan: “Yeah, I know who he is. He’s just em… he’s really nice. But yeah, like…There’s people forgetting that I came from the Big Brother house. I’m not one of these, I’m not a professional athlete or something. I came from a trashy reality TV show. And I’ll probably go to another trashy reality TV show after Dancing with the Stars…”
Tubridy: “Well, you’re adding to the entertainment factor of the programme, no doubt about it. You’re a good sport to get up for us this morning and take our call. I appreciate it…”
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