Tubridy aims for three more years as 'Late Late' kicks off on ratings high
Published 12/09/2012 | 05:00
RYAN Tubridy has revealed he plans on quitting the 'Late Late Show' - but not for another three years.
The TV presenter predicted yesterday that he would have a shorter tenure than his predecessors on the long-running RTE show. And Tubridy (39) also said he would be willing to take a further pay cut next year if it is needed.
"I'm hoping to be there for the next three years, and we will see what happens after that," said the host, who is starting his fourth year in the job.
Gay Byrne hosted the show for almost 37 years, while Pat Kenny was in the 'Late Late' chair for close to 10 years.
Tubridy revealed he has yet to sign his new contract with RTE but confirmed he would be accepting a "30pc plus" pay cut. It is understood this will see his annual pay packet fall below €373,000.
"I took the pay cut because I am a realist and know exactly where we are as a country in general, and as an organisation in particular," he said.
Asked if he would take a further pay cut in 2013, Mr Tubridy added: "I would roll with that entirely. I think presenters are very generously paid, and that's the way it has been in recent years. I think the cuts are reflecting a more realistic approach to the payment of people like me. I would do whatever is required."
Tubridy's latest series started with a ratings boost last Friday when star guest Katie Taylor helped him bring in 713,000 viewers, dealing a blow to colleague Miriam O'Callaghan's hopes of securing the Olympic gold medal winner.
The 'Late Late Show' had been involved in a tug-of-war with rival programme 'Saturday Night With Miriam' for the first sit-down TV interview with the boxer and her fellow Olympians following the London games.
It is understood producers on Miriam's show felt they had secured the interview -- only for the 'Late Late' to clinch the prize at the last moment.
"It was a great result for us and I was very happy with the groundwork that the team did in securing that story," Tubridy told the Irish Independent.
"I think the 'Late Late Show' has the reputation for being the programme on which people come to say 'hello', 'goodbye' and 'thank you very much'.
"It did extremely well for us at the box office on Friday night and was a good way to start the new season."
Asked about the efforts made by Ms O'Callaghan's team to secure the athletes' interview, Mr Tubridy added: "They had good nights throughout the summer -- and hopefully they will have many more -- but we're looking after the autumn and into the winter."
Ms O'Callaghan declined to comment on the matter last night. Her show has averaged 414,000 viewers this series.