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EXCLUSIVE! Simon Delaney: 'The IFTAs were the hardest three hours I've had in this business'


IFTA host Simon Delaney has revealed hosting the ceremony last year were his toughest job yet.

Last years awards were slated by viewers and critics alike for being inaudible and had numerous technical problems.

The actor admitted that he and co-host Laura Whitmore were very uncomfortable on stage during the disastrous show.

“I unfortunately was just the poor person presenting it. You’d be a liar to say it was a good night,” Simon told Goss.ie.

The Irish Film & Television Academy awards 2014

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“It was probably the toughest three or four hours I’ve had in the business.”

“It was tough. There were technical problems that weren’t foreseen. It wasn’t very comfortable for myself and Laura,” he explained.

“It was a struggle, but these things happen. We were the two unfortunates who were wheeled out in front of a million people.”

Speaking at the Bord Gais Student Theatre Awards the Bachelor’s Walk star also revealed he is not sure whether the awards will return for another go this year.

The Irish Film & Television Academy awards 2014

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“I’ve heard nothing about it. The last time I spoke to someone from the IFTA’s was the day after the awards last year,” he said.

“I don’t know whether it’s happening or not. I think it’s important that even if it doesn’t happen, something happens.”

“We have a hugely important film and television industry, it’s very important for the economy.”

However, if the IFTA’s do return, Simon divulged to Goss.ie he would be open to taking to the stage once more.

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“I did four years of it. In this business, you can’t say no. I always said I would never go into Panto and yet I did it this year.”

“I would certainly be open to it, but we’ll have to wait and see.”