Aisling O’Loughlin on TV3 ratings spat: ‘I have to defend my reputation’

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Aisling O’Loughlin has defended herself after hitting out at TV3, and insisting that their recent ratings claims was untrue.

Over the weekend, it was reported in the The Mail on Sunday that Xposé had jumped from an average of 42,100 to 58,000 per episode since moving back to the original half-hour slot, and axing show favourites Aisling O’Loughlin, Lisa Cannon and Peter O’Riordan.

However, former Xposé host Aisling has since hit out at this report, and took to Instagram to “set the record straight”.

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Now, the mother-of-three has explained her actions, and told how she is simply defending her reputation, as well as Lisa and Peter’s.

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“I’m a one-woman show now and I’m not a big brand. All I have is my reputation and ultimately it’s about the truth and that can be a subjective thing,” she told the Herald.

“During the time I was there, we could hit around 100,000 or 90,0000 viewers and that was grand, 70,000 was a bit uh-oh and 60,000 was bad. So, in fact, the show has dropped since we were on it.

“The numbers have gone up in recent weeks but that’s always going to happen when you go from an hour-long show to a half-hour slot.

“The figures were construed in a way that implied the ratings were lower when we were on the show. I found that misleading, disingenuous and antagonistic. I gave it my all, I worked very hard for the show, as did Lisa and Peter.

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“If an employer were to Google me now, this story’s going to come up and they’re going to think, ‘Ah it’s her fault the ratings were down’. That’s the thing that’s bothering me.

“I was happy to say nothing and I would have kept my mouth shut if it wasn’t implied that this was down to me, Lisa and Peter. But I have to defend my reputation,” she added.

TV3 declined to comment on Aisling’s comments when contacted by The Herald.

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