Sex is commonplace in the media industry, according to broadcaster George Hook.
The colourful, outspoken presenter was speaking to Martin King and Lucy Kennedy on Tuesday night’s The Seven O’ Clock Show where he also addressed the “rumours” around his retirement from radio.
When asked by Lucy about his plans to write any more ‘naughty books’, he replied: “There was a slight misunderstanding of naughty books, primarily propagated by The Seven O’ Clock Show on TV3.
“It is a book about a radio station, owned by an eccentric billionaire.
“However, as we in media all know, the amount of sex that goes on in the industry is unbelievable, so I couldn’t really write about a radio station or a television station talking about what goes on all the time off air.”
Clearly shocked by George’s statement Lucy said: “Wow! Where have you worked?”, prompting George to ask comedian Alison Spittle to back him up: “Back me up here Alison about what goes on in Newstalk.”
Alison responded: “No, because I don’t have a job there permanently. I am only there on a Friday.
“You won’t find me there on Friday if I say anything bad about Newstalk!”
George then assured her: “Alison, you are my number one and you’ll be on a Friday at half-six as long as there is breath in my body!”
A mischievous Lucy then stated: “If Alison gets fired next week we have a recording of this!”
Hook also revealed that he has had no major offers of work since his days as a rugby pundit on RTÉ.
George said: “Three years ago, I signed a two year contract with RTE to finish with the Rugby World Cup, but unfortunately the Rugby World Cup went to another station that I cannot mention…
Martin: “You’re on it right now!
Lucy: “Welcome to TV3!”
George continued: “I signed a three-year contract with Newstalk.
“However, before you ask me the question, the answer is the answer given by the lovely Ingrid, when asked last week, ‘is George retiring?’, she said nobody knows what George does, so George doesn’t know what George does, but let me tell you this; I was confident when I went off telly that I would be getting tonnes of phone calls.
“I was confident when I said I was retiring from the radio that I would get tonnes of phone calls.…
Lucy: “Has the phone rang once?”
George continued: “No!... not once. That’s why I’m here because you’re the only person that called me!”
George, who turns 75 tomorrow, also said the reason he wasn’t presenting on TV anymore is because TV is “ageist”, a statement both Martin (53) and Lucy (40) refuted.
The presenter remained upbeat though and insisted nothing fazed him: “When you’re 75 with erectile dysfunction, you just don’t care anymore.”