RYAN Tubridy has hit back at rival Ray D'Arcy over his claim that the RTE star takes too many holidays.
The Today FM presenter said last month that in order for Tubridy to build his audience and "make a go" of his 2fm show, he needed "to stop taking so many holidays".
"He's taken 12 weeks off this year," D'Arcy said.
However, asked if he agreed with D'Arcy's comments that he took too many holidays, Tubridy said: "No I don't, and anytime I spent at the BBC wasn't holidays. I was working. In fact I'm wrecked. I think I am on the show plenty, and I'm really happy with the way it's going."
The comments came against the background of the latest JNLR figures in which Today FM's 'Ray D'Arcy Show' achieved figures of 249,000 listeners each week day, ahead of Ryan Tubridy's show, which remained static at 175,000.
Tubridy said: "We held on to our own which was a pleasant relief."
Launching 'Denim Day' in aid of the Irish Youth Found- ation, with tailor Louis Copeland and Irish model Michele McGrath, the 'Late Late Show' host revealed he has no plans to do any work for the BBC over Christmas.
Over the Christmas break he also intends to finish his second book, the subject of which he revealed for the first time.
"It's about Irish people who have made an impact in Britain. From navvies to prime ministers," he said.
The book follows up his 2010 book ' JFK in Ireland: Four Days That Changed a President'.
Denim Day 2012, which takes place this Friday, hopes to raise in excess of €20,000. This year individuals can support Denim Day by texting the word 'denim' to 57802 at €2 per text.