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Friday 21 July 2017

Baz Ashmawy relishes his return to the airwaves with new afternoon show

Baz Ashmawy during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Baz Ashmawy during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Baz Ashmawy and his mother Nancy at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

TV star Baz Ashmawy made a welcome return to RTE radio this week, nearly five years since his weekend breakfast show was axed. 

The 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy presenter received a warm reception from listeners after filling in for Ray D’Arcy on his afternoon RTE Radio 1 programme. 

A source said that Baz had been drafted in to cover Ray for three days while he was on a mid-term break with his family.

The part-Egyptian star clearly relished being back in Montrose, revealing how he was a “bit excited” about the prospect of meeting former Neighbours pin-up and singer Jason Donovan. 

Baz Ashmawy and his mother Nancy at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren
Baz Ashmawy and his mother Nancy at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren

One of his guests on the show yesterday, he was interviewing him about his current show at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Million Dollar Quartet.

“I’ve had a bit of a man-crush on Jason Donovan for a long time,” Ashmawy said. 

The award-winning star also joked how he knew he was “definitely back in RTE”, as he filmed himself on Snapchat with the bells ringing in the background.

“I can’t remember the last time I heard the Angelus,” he quipped.

Along with his charming mum Nancy, he has been one of Ireland’s biggest break-out TV stars in recent years, thanks to the success of his Sky 1-produced show.

Based on him challenging his mum to adrenalin-filled challenges in a string of exotic locations, he won an Emmy last year for Best Non-Scripted Entertainment show.

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