Hilary is replaced by a weather girl that we’ll call Hilary too

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Hilary Barry’s replacement was called Hilary by the highest paid professional at Mediaworks.   An accident?   Is the female talent really that interchangeable?

Being called Hilary within the first 30 seconds was probably not the welcome Ingrid Hipkiss was hoping for at her new job on Paul Henry.

The Newshub weather presenter, who was initially thought to be stepping in for three weeks, has been announced as Hilary Barry’s permanent replacement.

But at the beginning of Monday’s episode, while viewers could see Barry’s seat was occupied by Hipkiss, there was confusion for radio listeners when Henry said congratulations and good morning to “Hilary”.

Newshub weather presenter Ingrid Hipkiss was introduced as Hilary on her very first day on Paul Henry.

It might sound akin to Henry’s sense of humour, but the host was quick to apologise and blamed his age for the slip.

If he’s that demented already, he shouldn’t be in the job. 

Hipkiss took the less-than-ideal first introduction in her stride, saying that there was “almost” no place she would rather be.

The much-loved Barry signed off from MediaWorks on Friday, with her last appearance on the Paul Henry Show and the 6pm news bulletin.

Mediaworks announced on Monday that Hipkiss will permanently take over Barry’s role on the breakfast show, while fellow Newshub reporter and presenter Samantha Hayes has taken up the seat next to Mike McRoberts on the evening news.

The rest of Monday morning’s show Paul Henry Show went well, but the on-screen chemistry viewers became accustomed to under Barry’s tenure was lacking.

Ingrid may have thought the move from weather girl to Paul Henry’s misogynistic punching bag was a step up in the world, but she’s quickly discovering that the deal is not what she thought it was.

 

– Stuff


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