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"Say it! Say it, Gerry..." Joe Duffy channels Heisenberg in Liveline row

That escalated quickly.

THIS AFTERNOON’S EDITION of Liveline went out with quite a bang – with host Joe Duffy (almost) channeling Breaking Bad’s Walter White as he challenged a caller’s criticism of RTÉ.

The show had been debating the 1916 commemorations – and in particular the State funeral of Thomas Kent, which is set to take place in Cork this Friday.


The final caller – Gerry – took a pop at at RTÉ over its coverage of the commemorations, prompting Duffy to ask him several times which station he was currently speaking to.

Here’s Joe’s side of the conversation…

“Say it Gerry, what station are you on at the minute?

“What station are you on at the minute? 

“Say it. Say it, Gerry. What station are you on at the minute? 

“Say it! Say it! 

“You won’t say it. 

“You won’t say it. 

“You’re on RTÉ, Gerry. 

“You’re on RTÉ. 

“You’re on RTÉ Gerry and you’re welcome to come back on again. 

“Go raibh míle maith agat. 

“Go raibh míle maith agat, Gerry. 

“You’re on RTÉ.” 

It should be noted – the caller was continuing to try and make a number of (apparently unconnected) points about TV3 and Enda Kenny as all this played out, and chose not to engage with Joe’s line of questioning.

24/12/2012. Joe Duffy Shows on Grafton Street Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Ray D’Arcy, following a handover from the Liveline host, observed that he wasn’t sure how many times Duffy had asked the caller to ‘say it’ – but guessed that it must be somewhere in the double digits.



Here’s a poll for Liveline listeners only: who was in the right?

Poll Results:

Neither of them. (3598)
Joe. (2543)
Gerry. (2357)

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