RTE react to Dean Strang's interview with Ray D'Arcy

It was one of the most talked about interviews in the country over the weekend, and also in the days leading up to it, with the appearance of Making a Murderer lawyer Dean Strang on The Ray D'Arcy Show gathering more hype than Hollywood A-listers Ice Cube and Kevin Hart on The Late Late Show (although they seemed like sound lads).

The reason being that the Netflix series is probably the most talked about show in the last 12 months, or in years really. For those that haven't seen it, it tells the story of a man called Steven Avery, who was wrongly convicted and sent to jail for 18 years for a crime he did not commit. He was then released thanks to DNA analysis, only to find himself up for a murder conviction two years later. (All of this is in the first episode, so rest assured, no spoilers here.)

Dean Strang was one of his two defense lawyers in the case who argued that Avery had been set up by the local Manitowoc police department, and Strang has become a bit of a celebrity in his own right since the documentary was streamed on Netflix in Decemeber.

Strang has done very few interviews since so hence why we were all extremely excited and honoured even that he was coming to our fair shores to chat to Ray D'Arcy. Although, as you will have seen from the reaction on social media, people were not altogether too happy with the interview, with many feeling like it was a missed opportunity for The Ray D'Arcy Show, with the host asking questions that most of the world already knew the answer to.

Reacting to this online criticism, an RTE spokesperson said: “Obviously, it is always a challenge to condense a 10-hour documentary series into a much shorter interview and, at all times, Ray was cognisant of the need to help Dean explain the case to those viewers who may not have been aware of the story behind Making a Murderer."


RTE also have said that Strang's flights and accommodation were paid for although declined to comment on whether he also received a fee for the show. This doesn't really surprise us though, he hardly flew all the way over here on a whim, and it would be standard for guests on a chat show to have their accommodation covered.

An average of 412,000 people tuned in to watch The Ray D'Arcy Show on Saturday, with the show peaking during the Strang interview. However, while there was a massive social media reaction, just seven people contacted RTE via phone and email to voice their feedback, while no formal complaints have been received.

Don't think it's worthy of a formal complaint in fairness, it was a disappointing interview, but it's not like Ray had lambs hung from a carousel or the like. (Sorry Ryan).

Via The Herald

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