RTE will unveil the next presenter of the 'Late Late Show' next week, contender Ryan Tubridy revealed yesterday.
But the 35-year-old, second favourite for the job behind RTE colleague Miriam O'Callaghan, claimed he still doesn't know who has landed the slot.
"They will make an announcement in the next week or so," Tubridy told the Irish Independent. "I really don't know who's going to get it. They are going to a lot of trouble and they want to get it right. My understanding is that they are nearly there and a decision is due in a week or so."
Tubridy confirmed RTE had spoken to him and other people about their roles in the station.
"They have spoken to a number of people including myself at a broader level," the broadcaster said. "I've got three more chatshows to go this season and that's where my head is."
Leading 'Late Late' candidate O'Callaghan also maintained she was "as in the dark as everyone else" regarding the hot seat yesterday. "The 'no comment' isn't based on something I know, it's based on not having a clue," she said. "To be honest, I feel embarrassed when I'm asked the question because I'm a journalist myself and I like to talk. So if I had something to say, I would say it."
O'Callaghan, who was speaking at the launch of the inaugural national flag day for the Niall Mellon Township Trust, also confirmed that her suggestion that she share the 'Late Late' job with Mr Tubridy and Gerry Ryan was a joke.
"Obviously, that wouldn't work," she said.
On prospects for Pat Kenny's successor, Tubridy had said last month: "I think what RTE have at the moment is a choice of presenters which they wouldn't have had before.
"I think they are very lucky in that way. Very, very good candidates, fine people who are well able for that job and I wish them well with it."
The father of two -- who was named Best Male TV presenter at the TV Now awards -- said the economic downturn had put everything in perspective.
"Maybe it's the recession. I see people losing their jobs. You think, 'why be greedy?'" he said.
"You are there sitting on your 'Jim'll Fix It' job, one you love and you think, 'just be happy'."
Sources had indicated that RTE had also been in negotiations with Gerry Ryan. But Paddy Power has him trailing O'Callaghan at odds of 8/1, compared to her odds of 2/5.