Anna Daly has insisted it was very much her decision to leave Ireland AM last month.
The TV presenter announced she was leaving the programme in August, after landing a new job with The Communications Clinic.
During a new interview with the Irish Daily Mail, the 44-year-old said she left Ireland AM on her own terms.
“I was ready to move on myself,” she said. “I have too many opportunities that I don’t want to keep saying no to.”
“It was very much my decision. I think I was ready to manage my own diary and not rule things out because I wouldn’t be allowed to do them.”
“I was restricted in Virgin, I couldn’t do everything I wanted to do because you are very much part of Virgin.”
Not long after she left Virgin Media, Anna appeared on rival station RTÉ when she was booked as a panellist on the Today Show.
The mother-of-three confessed: “It was weird being in RTÉ — I felt like I was having an affair or something because TV3/Virgin is where I have been for all of my broadcasting life.”
Anna admitted it was a “novelty” to be in the RTÉ studios, and said: “Yeah, hopefully I will be able to do a lot more with them.”