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Comedian Mario Rosenstock says Ryan Tubridy 'will survive' RTE payments scandal

Impressionist Mario Rosenstock says if Ryan Tubridy has to go, then all of RTE has to go with him.

The satirist, who has been sending up the RTE payments scandal all week with sketches on his Today FM slot Gift Grub, reckons Tubridy will survive. He told the Irish Mirror: “My view on this is the same as everyone else’s.

"I pay my licence fee every year and I am p***ed off and angry about it. I am p***ed off paying it and having to watch Mrs Brown’s Boys’ Christmas Special repeats in July.

"The controversy is a massive betrayal of trust.” But he added: “Ryan Tubridy is a fundamentally decent person.

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"He’s old-school and very busy and I think he dropped the ball on this one.

“He should have had better advice. Good advice would have been, ‘You know those published figures aren’t the figures you’re getting. You’re leaving yourself wide open here’.

“But I think he will survive. The decency of the Irish people will decide it’s not worth ruining his entire career over.

“I think if Ryan is wiped out, then RTE has to go. If they make him a sacrificial lamb for something they did, then RTE itself has to be disbanded.”

Mario’s two Gift Grub skits have gone viral.

He said: “We’ve done two sketches in two days on this, which is unusual, and the audience response was enormous.

“Thousands of people responded to the sketches.

“They are asking to be done. There is an appetite for it. We’ll keep it going.”

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