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‘I still want to work with RTÉ’: Former 2FM presenter Jennifer Zamparelli hints at future projects with the station

Zamparelli, who announced he was leaving 2FM on Thursday, follows the departure of Doireann Garrihy and the 2 Johnnies this week, in what has been a swift and unexpected exodus from the station.

Speaking on RTÉ 2FM this morning, Zamparelli was asked if the departure means the end between her and RTÉ.

“No. I’m just going to do projects that fit into my family life and I’m in a position to do that, which is very exciting. If certain shows come back, I’ll come back for that,” he said.

“I have other ideas that I would love to work on with RTÉ because they have given me so much joy over the last 10 years,” the 44-year-old radio and TV personality told his successor Laura Fox in her old space.

Zamparelli has presented his own show from 9am to 12pm weekdays on RTÉ 2FM since May 2019, from which he has been “on leave” in recent weeks. He joined the station in February 2014 at Breakfast Republic.

In total during her 10 years at the station, the former presenter presented 1,103 programs.

“It’s been a real pleasure to work at one of the coolest stations,” Zamparelli said this morning.

The former Breakfast Republic co-host also “thanked everyone who supported me over the years.”

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She spoke of a consoling phone call she received from former RTÉ broadcaster Sean O’Rourke after one of her first trials with the national broadcaster, in which she received bad reviews which she said “took my breath away” .

She recalled how he told her, “don’t let that discourage you, they did the same thing to me years ago, you’re amazing, keep going,” she said, adding that she will “never forget that phone call.”

He thanked his colleagues and producers for allowing him to say goodbye, adding that after the story appeared in the news yesterday, “my son saw me and hugged me.”

The mother-of-one added: “I know I made the right decision… I didn’t leave RTÉ, I left 2FM.”

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