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The Paul Williams Podcast: 'I was in tears during Late Late after hearing Gerry Ryan died' - Ryan Tubridy

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Published 17/05/2016 | 06:15

Paul Williams and Ryan Tubridy
Paul Williams and Ryan Tubridy

THE death of radio icon Gerry Ryan was the “first big death” in Ryan Tubridy’s life, with the Late Late Show host admitting he opened the show in tears that Friday night.

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The broadcaster had learned his trade mainly from working in and around the Gerry Ryan Show, helping out in his early days, and developed a friendship with Ryan that lasted until his death.

In an exclusive interview, Tubridy said he initially refused to believe that his long-time friend had died after he got a phone call from their mutual friend and agent, Noel Kelly.

“I said: ‘He’s not. What’s happened here is he’s acting the maggot and he’s got someone to call you to say he’s dead and he won’t be dead for a long time to come’,” Tubridy said.

“Noel said: “Ryan I’m so sorry, it’s over”. I had to try and figure that one out. It was the first really big death in my life. He was a mentor and a friend.

“And at the most selfish level, I felt I lost two of those things, and then I thought about his children,” he added.

Speaking to Paul Williams, Ryan Tubridy also talks about leaving Twitter, politicians and leaving RTE.

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