Jenny Maguire favourite for 'Republic of Telly' hotseat

Paddy Power have installed Jennifer Maguire as their 5/1 favourite to replace Dermot Whelan as the Republic of Telly’s main presenter.

The Limerick man announced his departure from the show this week.

Maguire is followed in the betting by a trio made up of comedians Jason Byrne, Neil Delamere and Colin Murphy with PJ Gallagher also amongst the front runners at 8/1.

The Baldoyle native wasn't always seen as a funnywoman - she was branded "the ice maiden" by British media after appearing on the fourth series of 'The Apprentice'.

Another of the series’ current line up, Bernard O’Shea, is at 14/1 to front the show along with Andrew Maxwell while The Viper is at 20/1 ahead of YouTube sensations Chris Greene and Peter Ganley who are at 25/1.

Eamonn Dunphy is an unlikely 100/1 to ditch the punditry while Gay Byrne, Dustin the Turkey and George Hook prop up the betting at an even more unlikely 200/1.

A spokesperson for Paddy Power said: “Jennifer Maguire has played a key part in the show’s success and seems the obvious choice to be given the reins but with so much comedic talent out there she may have a fight on her hands!”

Odds on next 'Republic Of Telly' main presenter

5/1 Jennifer Maguire

6/1 Jason Byrne

6/1 Neil Delamere

6/1 Colin Murphy

8/1 PJ Gallagher

10/1 Craig Doyle

12/1 Karl Spain

14/1 Andrew Maxwell (lives in London)

14/1 Bernard O'Shea

16/1 Hector O'hEochagain

16/1 Ray Foley

20/1 Des Bishop

20/1 Daniella Moyles

20/1 The Viper

25/1 David McSavage

25/1 Joe Rooney

25/1 Katherine Lynch

25/1 Chris Greene & Peter Ganley

33/1 Rubberbandits

33/1 Tommy Tiernan

33/1 Ardal O'Hanlon

40/1 Patrick McDonnell

40/1 Maeve Higgins

40/1 Podge & Rodge

40/1 Anne Doyle

50/1 Ed Byrne

66/1 Dara O'Briain

66/1 Sean Moncrieff

100/1 Eamon Dunphy

100/1 Miriam O'Callaghan

100/1 Ray Darcy

200/1 Gay Byrne

200/1 George Hook

200/1 Daithi O'Se

200/1 Vincent Browne

200/1 Dustin The Turkey

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