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TV curse 'No complaints' made to RTÉ after viewers heard 'f-bomb' dropped on Prime Time

RTE said they have "not received any complaints, calls, emails or messages regarding this."

RTE has said they have received no complaints from the public after the ‘f-bomb’ was dropped during last night’s Prime Time. 

Viewers clearly heard the words “what the f**k?” as presenter Miriam O’Callaghan wrapped up an interview with Professors Paul Moynagh and Anthony Staines about Covid-19 vaccinations.

As the veteran broadcaster turned to co-host Sarah McInerney, there was a moment of 'dead air' before the suspected phrase was uttered.

Miriam could be seen then turning back to a big screen to speak to Professor Staine and said, “okay Anthony, I think we’re going to stay with you”..before realising that “actually he has gone”.

However, an RTE spokesperson told the Sunday World they have not received any complaints about the on-air faux pax.

“We have not received any complaints, calls, emails or messages regarding this," a spokesperson said.

When asked about the word being used on-air, the RTE spokesperson added: “That is sometimes the challenge of live television.”

The so-called 'f-bomb' was picked up by viewers who took to Twitter to look for some clarity on what they heard.

"Did someone just whisper "what the f***" on Primetime??",” one person asked.

Another added: "Did anyone else just hear 'what the f***' on Prime Time".

And a third suggested: "Coulda sworn I heard the F word in the background of #rtept just now - Sarah was offscreen, Miriam got a bit flustered; a bit of a wobble there!"

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This week, Miriam O’Callaghan opened up about her “biggest and most public” knockback when she didn’t land a presenting gig on The Late Late Show.

The 61-year-old was tipped to take over from Pat Kenny after he announced he would be leaving the talk show back in 2009.

However, it was Ryan Tubridy who won the coveted presenting slot despite Miriam being a favourite at the bookies.

The Prime Time presenter said that it was her biggest knockback but that she believes that it made her stronger going forward in her career.


Miriam O’Callaghan

Miriam O’Callaghan

Miriam O’Callaghan

She explained in an interview with the RTÉ Guide: “Getting knockbacks maybe makes you stronger. My biggest and most public example of that was when Ryan [Tubridy] got The Late Late Show when all the bookies were saying that I would.

“I remember going home that evening to my kids who just asked ‘What’s for dinner?’. They had no idea. And when I didn’t get the Late Late, the biggest show in the station, I decided to stay with Prime Time.”

But Miriam came out on top when she was offered the chance to present the Friday night talk show last year after Ryan Tubridy contracted Covid-19.

She presented the show for two weeks while the host recovered and said that she “made history” as the first woman to ever present the show.

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