The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS -

FLANA­GAN left The­P­ro­ject un­der a cloud, out­rag­ing some par­ents by say­ing Santa didn’t ex­ist on her fi­nal ap­pear­ance last year.

She’d ac­tu­ally handed her no­tice in months ear­lier. Flana­gan de­fended the com­ments for a while, but is now tak­ing a softer line.

“There was no mal­ice in that at all,” she says. “I don’t un­der­stand why, if your kid is young enough to be­lieve in Santa why don’t you just turn around and say, ‘That girl’s an idiot, don’t be­lieve her’. Noth­ing else that comes out of my mouth is par­tic­u­larly valid so why be­lieve that?

“I’m an idiot, but I’m not evil, I didn’t set out to ruin peo­ple’s Christ­mas. I just thought the whole thing was a bit silly and the tim­ing of it was un­for­tu­nate be­cause it looked like I got fired.

“[ The­P­ro­ject] is the rea­son I can tour my shows na­tion­ally, they’re the peo­ple who gave me a pro­file in this coun­try when I didn’t have one … so I was never set­ting out to stick it to them. They’re my favourite peo­ple!”

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