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Tubridy thanks 'my love' Aoibhinn but denies new book signals move abroad

Published 07/11/2013 | 06:43

RYAN Tubridy has denied he plans to cross the water to the BBC.

His new book cover shows him on a small boat to Britain with BBC figures including Graham Norton and Terry Wogan.

But the RTE man says it wasn't his idea to "board the boat".

"I am not going to the UK. My picture was placed on the cover with Terry and Graham by my publisher. I wasn't sure about it and I told them as much," Tubridy told the Herald at the launch of The Irish Are Coming.

"But they said for recognition for an Irish audience it needed to be there."

The 40-year-old's comments came after his 2fm morning show dropped another 7,000 listeners in the latest JNLR figures to 152,000.

Ryan Tubridy at the launch of his book " The Irish are coming" which took place at Residence Private Members Club in Stephen's Green Dublin.
 Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Ryan Tubridy at the launch of his book " The Irish are coming" which took place at Residence Private Members Club in Stephen's Green Dublin. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
RTE presenter Emma O Driscoll joins Tubs in celebration of his new book. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Mother and daughter Morah Ryan and Lottie Ryan attend the book launch. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Yvonne Keating, who recently said she has a 'newfound confidence' joined the book launch party. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Kamal Ibrahim and Leo Delaney celebrate Tubs's tome. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Aoibhinn Garrihy styled black for the much-anticipated book launch. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain joined her partner Tubridy for his book launch Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Ryan Tubridy has a read. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain chose timeless monochrome for the event. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Jackie Lavin and Bill Cullen at the launch Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Ryan Tubridy thanks 'his love' Aoibhinn. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain and Ryan Tubridy Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain and Ryan Tubridy pose for snaps at the launch. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
RTE 2FMs Colm Hayes Pictures:Brian McEvoy
RTE presenter Emma O Driscoll at Ryan's book launch. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Joe Duffy joins his friend Tubs at his book launch Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Morah Ryan and Lottie Ryan Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Ryan Tubridy and Joe Duffy both hold copies of 'The Irish Are Coming' Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Yvonne Keating Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Dave Fanning and his wife Ursula Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain and Ryan Tubridy Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain and Ryan Tubridy Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain and Ryan Tubridy share a joke with the photographers. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Ryan Tubridy Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Rte 2fms Colm Hayes at the launch. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Caroline Downey at the launch of Ryan Tubridy's new book. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Ryan Tubridy and girlfriend Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain at the launch of his new book. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins

However, he denied his position was in danger in an expected shake-up of the station by new boss Dan Healy.

"I'm not worried about my position," he said. "I can't spoof about it -- of course I wish the figures were better. However, I do love the show, I think it's improving and I am surrounded by good people and good content.

"I intend to keep working on it. We will give it another whirl and see what happens after that."

He added that the final decision on what happens to the show "will not be mine".

But he said he would "never say never" to following the example of Irish figures such as the late Eamonn Andrews, who became huge on British TV.

He said: "You would never rule out the UK. It's reassuring to be asked over continually by the BBC. At the same time, I am not sniffing around over there. I'm happy with the two gigs I have in Ireland."

The Irish Are Coming, which chronicles those from here who made it big in Britain, is dedicated to his parents, but he also thanked in the acknowledgments his girlfriend, Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain.

He wrote: "Aoibhinn, the lady whose elegance is unsurpassed and whose support is inestimable. Mo Ghra. Thank you."

At last night's launch in Residence, Aoibhinn said: "I've heard Ryan say this before, but it was nice to see it in print."

(The Herald)

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