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Chat soon Angela Scanlon 'hopeful' new RTÉ talk show will get go-ahead following Covid shutdown

The presenter’s Ask Me Anything show was scheduled to be broadcast by RTÉ One for a period of eight weeks last March


Angela Scanlon (Ian West/PA)

Angela Scanlon (Ian West/PA)

Angela Scanlon (Ian West/PA)

Angela Scanlon has said she’s hopeful her new RTÉ chat show will get the go-ahead soon after the coronavirus pandemic shut down production. 

The presenter’s Ask Me Anything show was scheduled to be broadcast by RTÉ One for a period of eight weeks last March but even after restrictions eased last year the show’s format made it impossible to film.

Speaking on Ireland AM, Angela said she’s hopeful the series will get the green light.

“We have just started picking up the conversations again so I’m hopeful that I’ll have something to say soon enough,” she revealed.

“The audience is a massively important part of the show. We kind of tinkered with doing it when there was a little easing earlier on in the year but then we were like, ‘No we need a full audience in there’.

“So hopefully things loosen up and remain that way and then Bob’s your uncle.”

When Angela’s show was first announced by RTÉ last January, she said: “It’s always been a dream of mine to have a show where I can let loose and Saturday night feels like the perfect time to do it.

“I can’t promise Oprah but I’m trying to have a house kitten on-set (ginger obviously), I’ll keep you posted on that.”

The Meath native recently opened up about suffering with acne as a teenager as she explained that it's important for people on social media to be exposed to the realer side of life.

She said on Ireland AM: "I did have acne as a teenager and I have breakouts, whether that's hormonal or stress who knows?

"Obviously the show launched last Monday and I was on the One Show to promote it.

"You get lots of messages being like, 'What do you use on your skin?'

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"I think it's easy to see me in an ad with lighting and all the rest and yes, my skin is generally pretty good but also not always.

"I just think it's really important and I think maybe I'm more aware of that now that I have a daughter.

"This portrayal of a filtered life in every way, but particularly with skin and with body, it's just so unhealthy I think.

"I guess I felt a little bit of a sense of responsibility to whip out my chin.

"It wasn't this big planned thing and I was surprised about the reaction but I think it's exactly that.

"And I say it at one point, you do not need to endure this, there's a million filtered faces that you can consume if this is not for you but I think it's important to show another side as in to show the real side."

Angela added that social media has changed the way people view each other.

She said: "I talk a lot about comparison and how obviously that has been around since the dawn of time. "

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