The war of words between TV3’s Alan Hughes and impressionist Oliver Callan is intensifying.
Ireland AM host Alan recently slated Oliver’s criticisms of his public proposal to his partner of 22 years Karl Broderick, calling him a “bitter old queen”.
Now the funnyman has reacted – and he gets personal. “I did find it odd however to be called “old” by someone who’s more than 20 years my senior and looks like he sleeps in formaldehyde,” he said.
However, there was something far more troubling about Hughes’ delirious reaction than his comments about me,” he wrote in his Irish Sun column.
“The pantomime ‘actor’ says what prompted him to propose on TV to the man he already calls “husband” was a survey showing 20 per cent of LGBT couples had attempted suicide.”
He added: “Hughes gave plenty of interviews about the engagement to newspapers and on radio immediately after the TV broadcast of him going down on one knee. The couple even managed to plug their new Christmas panto a few time.
“Hughes says he proposed on television as a gesture of support to those who have attempted suicide or self harm. For me this is highly unlikely to be of any benefit to those who suffer from mental health problems. He can say what he wants about me — I’m well able for it.
Oliver continued: “He’s saying this gesture was to promote good mental health in the gay community. Strange, it also came across as an act of self-promotion from the TV3 weatherman who shows up at more free PR events than a salmon canapé.
“Frankly I should know better than to pick fights with a middle-aged man who dresses up as Sammy Sausages while doing that tired double entendre routine his partner writes,” he wrote. “Look out guys! It’s your dignity! It’s BEHIND you!”
We wonder if this will be the end of it…