Gráinne Seoige has been axed from RTÉ’s Crimecall – and replaced by Keelin Shanley.
Rumours have been rife that the Galway native would lose her prime time slot on RTÉ after five years fronting the show with Philip Boucher-Hayes – and now, it looks like those sources were right.
Despite being axed, RTÉ have revealed that Gráinne will return to host Up for the Match and The People of the Year Awards.
A source told the Sunday Independent, “After 10 years the show went to another production company and, after some consideration, Grainne was no longer seen as the right fit.
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The 42-year-old’s co-host Philip said, “I won’t be presenting Crimecall this coming season. I have a full-time job in radio on Drivetime and Liveline and a full-time job in TV working on a new series of What Are You Eating?
“On top of which I’m also developing some very interesting TV projects. Trying to squeeze in Crimecall too wasn’t practical any longer. After five years it was time to move on,” he told the Sunday Independent.
In a statement, RTÉ said, “The hugely successful series has been on air for over 10 years with a variety of presenters at the helm. This season, RTE has decided to change the look and feel of the show with Keelin replacing Grainne and Philip as the presenter of the series.
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“We’d like to thank Grainne and Philip for their fantastic work over the past six years and we’re looking forward to working with them again on different projects for RTE One in the coming months.”
“Grainne will be hosting Up for the Match and The People of the Year Awards and we will also be talking to her about other potential projects in the coming months. Philip is busy working on the second series of What Are You Eating? for broadcast later this year along with his Radio One commitments on Drivetime and Liveline.”
“Crimecall has been on air for more than 10 years with different presenters at the helm so we felt it was time to review the series and change the look and feel of the show,” they added.