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G'day mate Eoghan McDermott replaced by Cork comedian as Love Island Australia narrator

"Stephen is a fresh and exciting new addition to the show that will be made in Australia for the first time"


Eoghan McDermott

Eoghan McDermott

Eoghan McDermott

Eoghan McDermott has been replaced by Stephen Mullan, the Irish actor and comedian, as narrator on Love Island Australia.

The former RTÉ presenter voiced the first two seasons of the dating show, but was missing from the teaser trailer of season three last month.

It has since been confirmed that Cork man Mullan will take over from the former 2fm star for the upcoming series.

ITV Studios Australia said there were “a number of changes” to this year’s show, which is due to return to TV screens on October 11.

A spokeswoman told The Times: “Stephen is a fresh and exciting new addition to the show that will be made in Australia for the first time and we look forward to working with him.

“We can’t wait to show the public what we have been working so hard to deliver when the show airs soon. It will be a Love Island down under like no other.”

Stephen, who admitted to never even watched Love Island before, revealed to the Sydney Herald how he landed the gig.

“My agent sent me a message over the summer, asking was I interested in doing it, and honestly the first round of it I was like, yeah sure, it’ll be a bit of a laugh.”


The Love Island Australia villa

The Love Island Australia villa

The Love Island Australia villa

“It was kind of like another voiceover job, and we just kept going through the rounds, there were a few different rounds of auditions and in the last one I had to write some jokes and had some fun doing it.

“It just happened like that," he added. "I can’t say I knew much about the show, to be honest with you.”

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The actor, who starred in rom com Love, Rosie opposite Lily Collins, has performed at comedy festivals across Ireland and abroad for years.

This new TV gig will introduce many to him as a personality and a comedian in Australia where he has many family connections.

“My aunt and cousins live in Western Australia, and I’ve had a couple of aunts also that lived in Sydney for a while in the ’90s,” he said.

“And my brother did the whole visa thing, the fruit-picking and all that stuff, and he ended up living in Down Under Bar and Grill in Brisbane.

“He has the logo of that place tattooed on his arm. Every time I meet someone from Brisbane I ask them, do you know the Down Under Bar and Grill?

“And they’re always oh yeah, geez that place is a bit rough. But he lived there for a year.”

The announcement comes after RTÉ confirmed Eoghan’s departure from 2FM in March.

In a statement at the time, the broadcaster said: “RTÉ confirms that Eoghan McDermott will not be returning to RTÉ 2FM. His contract is due to expire shortly.”

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