Hook: I'll never watch the RTE panel after I retire (I might not even watch rugby)

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Retiring: George Hook is calling it a day after this weekend
Retiring: George Hook is calling it a day after this weekend

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.

"I made the decision two years ago and I went to the Head of Sport in RTE and I said 'Look, I want to go after the World Cup'."
Hook also said he had become a little disillusioned with the modern game, and that it had changed from the game he knew and loved. 
"The way the game is going I honestly question whether I'll watch the game.
"It's not an attractive game to watch now."
The veteran presenter and journalist will also hang up his boots at Newstalk in October of next year.