Monday 26 September 2016

Miriam O'Callaghan believes Ray D'Arcy show is 'superb' - despite criticism

Published 10/11/2015 | 07:14

Miriam O'Callaghan
Miriam O'Callaghan

She's the undisputed queen of the weekend chat show on RTE during the summer months.

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And Miriam O'Callaghan has defended fellow RTE star Ray D'Arcy (right) after he got a hammering from critics for his new Saturday night show, which has met with a mixed reaction from viewers.

The Ray D'Arcy show featured a Jack Nicholson lookalike on Saturday
The Ray D'Arcy show featured a Jack Nicholson lookalike on Saturday

"I love Ray and I think it's a superb show," she said. "I think when you're in this business people are always going to criticise.

"They're also very nice sometimes too, and you just take the rough with the smooth. It's a superb show."

She took on a new project herself last week after anchoring a Prime Time special - which saw her teaming up with BBC's Nolan Live for a one-off programme on the future of a united Ireland.

But given that her other half, Stephen McCormack, is head of programming at BBC Northern Ireland, it wasn't completely unfamiliar territory for her.

Ray D’Arcy with Donncha O’Callaghan on the first The Ray D’Arcy Show
Ray D’Arcy with Donncha O’Callaghan on the first The Ray D’Arcy Show

"Steve was involved because he's head of programmes up there, but wasn't executive producing. It was nice though - he was in the gallery at one stage, so I knew he was there," she said.

"I love when he's there. He wasn't directly involved, but I knew he was there and he texted me to say, 'You look beautiful, love'.

She said the whole show went "surprisingly well" and they would definitely consider doing it again.

"There was a time in studio last week when I thought it was going to be one of the hairiest, scariest live productions I've ever been involved in," she continued.

'I wasn't nervous, but I had an out-of-body experience when I just thought, 'this could fall off air'.

"I loved it. We're going to do it again. There's been a lot of reaction to it and a lot of people don't know much about the north - and vice versa."

The TV star was making her comments at the launch of the Irish Hospice Foundation's Never Forgotten Christmas Appeal.

It was a cause close to her heart, given the tragic loss of her sister, Ann, to cancer in her early 30s - and she said she thinks about her every day.

"I would hope I would lend my support anyway, even if there hadn't been a personal experience," she added.

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