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23rd May 2024

Jennifer Zamparelli announces 2fm radio show departure

Simon Kelly

Jennifer Zamparelli RTE departure

“It’s time for me to move on.”

Jennifer Zamparelli has announced that she is leaving her RTÉ 2FM daily show after five years.

The host presented her own show from 9-12pm weekdays on RTÉ 2FM since May 2019 and said that spending more time with her children is a reason behind her departure.

She joined the station in February 2014 on Breakfast Republic.

The announcement follows a spate of big name departures from RTÉ this month, including The 2 Johnnies and Doireann Garrihy.

Jennifer Zamparelli announces 2fm radio show departure

In a statement on Thursday afternoon, Zamparelli said “I have been working in 2FM for 10 amazing years and now it’s time for me to move on.

“It has been a really difficult decision to make as I love my team, and of course chatting to you guys (the listeners) every morning.

“From the early starts on Breakfast Republic all those years ago, to opening up the phone lines again from 9-12pm, I have loved every minute.

“Within this time I have gotten married and had two kids and now I feel it’s their time.

“Florence and Enzo are growing up so fast it’s scary and I really feel now is the time to give them a little more of me, so I won’t be returning to my daily radio show.”

She also thanked her team that helped her through her ten years at the station.

Head of RTÉ 2FM Dan Healy also commented on the departure saying: “After an amazing 10 years on 2FM, Jen has decided to leave the station.

“Funny, bold, and brave, Jen has been front and centre of 2FM from The Breakfast Republic Show to her brilliant own Jennifer Zamparelli Show. 

“In February 2014, 2FM changed direction to appeal to younger audiences and Jen was key to achieving our goal.

“I want to thank her deeply for her energy and commitment to 2FM. It has been a privilege to work with such an amazingly talented person.

” wish Jen, Lau and their gang all the best for the future and will cheer for Jen loudly in the next phase of her sparkling career”.

RTÉ 2FM will announce further details on its summer schedule in the coming weeks.

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