RTE viewers have been left shocked by the news that popular skit show Apres Match could be axed in the near future. The show, which features Barry Murphy, Risteard Cooper and Gary Cooke, is known for doing hilarious parodies of Irish football events since 1988. Sadly though, Gary Cooke recently revealed that the future of the show is unclear. Say it ain’t so!
Gary, who is best known for playing GAA pundit Eamonn Dunphy, said he was unsure if the show would be going ahead for Euro 2016 and that no indication has been made as to whether or not the show will be wanted back on our TV screens.
“I don’t know what’s happening yet, I’m not really sure what the craic is. There’s been no indication either way on whether they want it or not really. I’m not entirely sure what the thinking is, but the wheels on these things tend to move fairly slowly”.
The has been some speculation as to why the hilarious show would be axed from the RTE schedule. One of the reasons circulating in the rumour mill is that 2016 is going to be an expensive year for the national broadcaster with the Olympics, the Euros, the general election and the 1916 celebrations.
The comedian admitted that he understands the budget may be tight this year. “I presume there’s a lot of money being spent by RTE this year, they’ve spent a lot on Rebellion alone. There’s also the Olympics so I’m sure it’s a bit of a nightmare year for them budget wise.”
This rumour has proved pretty devastating for fans of the show who hoped for a big celebration to be held for Apres Match’s 20th anniversary.