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03rd Oct 2018

It Looks Like The Controversial Al Porter Could Be Back On Stage Very Soon

Darragh Berry

TV presenter and comedian Al Porter could be making a comeback on stage very soon according to friend and producer of Spotlight Productions, Stuart O’Connor.

In November 2017, St. Pat’s confirmed that it had received an official complaint about the behaviour of Porter towards one of their patients.

As a result of the allegations, Porter gave up his role on TV3’s Blind Date as well as his day-time role as a presenter on Today FM.

There was also an alleged incident at The George Nightclub following that.

O’Connor told The Irish Independent in an interview that he hoped Porter would return to the stage soon:

“Al was part of the Olympia family for a long time and hopefully at some stage [he] will be back.

“He grew up there and so his first love is the Olympia Panto and he’s very much part of the family even though he’s not around, he’s not there. He’s very much in our thoughts all the time.”

Al Porter released a statement about the alleged incident at St. Pat’s Hospital in May stating that:

”Hi all. The timing, in the midst of a hugely significant referendum is awful, but I’ve been forced to comment due to selective leaking to media of a report about my charity radio visit to St Patrick’s Hospital in 2015.

”I have always denied any impropriety at St Patrick’s Hospital during my charity radio visit. An Independent investigation is ongoing with its report being finalised this week.

”I am very pleased with the outcome.

‘On our visit there, three years ago, I was exclusively in busy public areas, in full view of staff and visitors, and always in the company of my co-host Colm Hayes, who corroborated my account of the day.’

”I accept the report conclusion:

”That physical contact (a hand on the back and chest) during a conversation made the complainant uncomfortable and later that day physical contact (a hand on his shoulder and a kiss on the cheek), my standard photo pose, for a photo he requested, made the complainant uncomfortable again. I regret that.

‘I hope that the complainant has found some closure through this investigation process.

”For me, I continue to focus on my own mental health and my family”.

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