Friday 20 October 2017

RTE stars have all wished me luck for new show - except Ray D'Arcy - Brendan O'Connor

Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Presenter Brendan O’Connor said all of RTE’s broadcasting “titans” have wished him good luck with his new TV show – except Ray D’Arcy.

Last year, D’Arcy usurped O’Connor as RTE’s Saturday night chat show king when the station pulled the plug on O’Connor’s hugely-popular entertainment programme.

After a year’s hiatus from telly land, O’Connor will returns to our screens this evening with a topical series, Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge.

He said while many presenters, including Miriam O’Callaghan and Ryan Tubridy, had been quick to offer him encouraging words, D’Arcy had yet to pass on his good wishes.

Brendan O'Connor is pictured on the set of his brand new series 'Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge'. The new show kicks off on Wednesday 18th May at 10:10pm on RTÉ One. Picture Andres Poveda
Brendan O'Connor is pictured on the set of his brand new series 'Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge'. The new show kicks off on Wednesday 18th May at 10:10pm on RTÉ One. Picture Andres Poveda

“Miriam is always very generous with her good wishes and Ryan has been very generous with his good wishes,” O’Connor told the Herald.

“The TV titans have spoken and given me their blessing.”

When asked if Ray D’Arcy had wished him well, O’Connor replied “No”.

The Late Late Show and Brendan O’Connor’s Saturday Night Show were often pitted against each other in the ratings war – something O’Connor says he will not miss.

“Am I glad to be out of that dogfight? Probably,” he said.

Brendan will be joined by three regular panelists and will discuss topical issues.

This week’s guests include comedian Pat Shortt, Newstalk’s Chris O’Donoghue and publisher Norah Casey.

George Hook will also appear, on the show sounding off on a soap box. The series is being produced by Bill Hughes of Mind the Gap films.

Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge is on RTE One at 10.10pm tonight

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