Wednesday 18 October 2017

'Nothing off limits' as Baz Ashmawy gets own show five years after 2fm axe

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
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Baz Ashmawy will be back with a new slot on RTE Radio next week, five years after his 2fm Breakfast Show was shelved.

The Emmy-winning star has been filling in for Ray D'Arcy over the past few months and been going down a storm with listeners.

Now, the 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy star has nabbed his own late-night slow on RTE1, airing at 10pm for the next two months as he dips his toes back into familiar waters.

Entitled The Baz Thing, he said that he's doing it for a "bit of fun" over the summer months as he has a break between TV projects.

The new show will see him interview a different person every week as he explores a broad range of issues, including parenting, health, happiness and relationships.

A show insider said that "nothing is off limits" on the new show as the irreverent presenter endeavours to liven up our Wednesday nights.

"The show will be challenging, entertaining and thought-provoking," she said.

Baz will also be using social media to engage with his massive online following and allow them to help set the agenda.

The presenter and producer used to co-present a weekend morning show with Lucy Kennedy for two years on 2fm but it was axed in the schedule shake-up in June 2012.

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Baz Ashmawy and Lucy Kennedy were axed

He was back at RTE earlier this year as he helped fill in for Ray D'Arcy while he was on mid-term break, and he said it was lovely to be back in familiar surroundings. "I have lots of old friends in RTE Radio. It was really nice to come in and see everyone. I really enjoyed it," he told the Herald.

"Ray's team have been so nice to me. He has big boots to fill. He makes it look very easy."

Ashmawy has decided to rest his Sky 1 daredevil series that he made with his age-defying mum Nancy as he concentrates on other projects.

The popular presenter has also completely overhauled his lifestyle after deciding to give up alcohol a year ago while he was making a TV documentary for RTE on Islam, which he says often provokes an interesting reaction from Irish people.

He is also working out every day and taking more care of himself physically.

"People lose their minds when they hear you're not drinking," he said.

The part-Egyptian star has two children with fiancee Tanja Evans and she has four children from a previous relationship, making for a very busy household.

"You have to promote some form of healthier lifestyle. It's amazing what sobriety does for your head," said Baz. "It's a choice. You need an excuse or a reason to be healthy, so once you make that choice it's good for your health and heart."

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