Wednesday 28 September 2016

'Ray D'Arcy hadn't wished me luck because he doesn't know me' - Brendan O'Connor

Published 23/05/2016 | 10:48

Brendan O'Connor is pictured on the set of his brand new series 'Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge'. Picture Andres Poveda
Brendan O'Connor is pictured on the set of his brand new series 'Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge'. Picture Andres Poveda

Brendan O'Connor has said he was not "snubbed' by Ray D'Arcy prior to the first episode of his new show being broadcast last week.

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O'Connor's Saturday Night Show was axed last year, despite impressive viewing figures, and the slot was filled by the Ray D'Arcy Show following his move back from Today FM to RTE.

'Cutting Edge' aired on Wednesday night with an impressive viewership of 265,000 and it had been reported that D'Arcy had not wished O'Connor luck before the show.

Writing in Sunday Independent Living, O'Connor said it was a "bit unfair" on Ray to suggest he was "given" Brendan's show despite its success and added that he does not "feel any rivalry with him".

"The headlines the next day? Basically along the lines of all the stars wished me good luck except Ray," he wrote.

"So not only did it look as if Ray had deliberately snubbed me, whereas in fact he hadn't wished me luck because he doesn't know me, it also looked as if I was upset by it. And as if I was calling him out in the media for this shameful behaviour. And I walked into it with one word. No."

O'Connor also revealed that many people then started texting him to wish him luck, which he found strange, especially texts sent from showbiz personalities.

As much as he enjoyed them, he said, "Were they just worried that they would be called out in the media by me for not sending a text?

"We had a running joke that I was crossing them off the list as their texts arrived. And fuming over the ones who had yet to text me. Marty Morrissey? Tick. But where is Jimmy Magee's text? Brian Dobson said a vague good luck in the hall. Lucky for him, we laughed. He's off the blacklist."

Read O'Connor's full column HERE.

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