Hook: I'll never watch the RTE panel after I retire (I might not even watch rugby)
Ahead of his imminent retirement from television punditry, the emphatic George Hook has said he won't miss the rugby panel - and he won't be watching it either.
Speaking to Pat Kenny on Newstalk, the journalist and broadcaster even went as far as saying he might not even be persuaded to watch the sport from hereon in.
The 73-year-old will appear for the last time, along with presenter Tom McGurk, this weekend for the Six Nations clash against Scotland. McGurk recently said his 18 years on the panel was a "fantastic journey".
Hook, however, has said he has no intentions of watching the panel in the future.
"One thing - without a shred of BS - I will never watch the rugby panel, honestly," he told Pat Kenny. "I never watched myself. I'm very comfortable about that.
"Everybody is saying 'You will miss it' and I won't. I won't have any difficulty at all. It's time to go. I don't want to be nailed to the seat."
He said he went to RTE two years ago and signalled his intentions of leaving.
"The key thing about making a decision, if after making the decision you start to regret it, then it's a pretty bad decision.