RYAN Tubridy has spoken of his relief at signing a new three-year contract with RTE because it offers him "job security".
In his first public comments since signing the deal, the father of two revealed he considers himself fortunate to have a job.
"In this day and age it's a relief to have some job security," Mr Tubridy said.
"I have responsibilities like everyone, and it's a relief to know that I have work for the next few years."
Months of negotiations took place between the broadcaster and RTE before they agreed the deal. But the 'Late Late Show' host said he didn't mind accepting a greatly reduced salary, estimated at €373,333. That is more than €160,000 down on what he was paid in 2008.
"I took the pay cut because I am a realist and know exactly where we are as a country, and as an organisation in particular. That's the real world. I didn't have a problem with it," he said.
The 2fm host said he hoped news of the contract would end speculation about a possible move to the BBC after a summer in which he spent weeks providing holiday cover for DJ Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2.
"In the last year there has been all sorts of talk about me coming and going but this is a firm commitment between RTE and me. I remain a contractor, not a member of staff but I am of RTE, and will remain so. I am very happy about that," he said.
However, not everyone has welcomed the news. TV3's departing director of programmes, Ben Frow, said Tubridy would have been top of his list of those to bring back to Britain when he returns to work on British TV next year.
"Well I can't do that now Ryan has a contract with RTE," Mr Frow said.
"I'm not surprised the BBC like him. I rate him for the same reasons. He has an easy-going, natural style."