Tuesday 6 December 2016

Ray D'Arcy had to 'coax' wife Jenny back to work : 'I told her I couldn't move to RTE without her'

Published 06/02/2016 | 16:22

Ray D'Arcy and Jenny Kelly
Ray D'Arcy and Jenny Kelly
Ray D'Arcy with his wife Jenny, daughter Kate, and son Tom at the Marks & Spencer St Patrick's Day Breakfast. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Ray D'Arcy and Jenny Kelly
Ray D'Arcy hosts The Ray D'Arcy Show on RTE One
Ray D'Arcy and Jenny Kelly on their wedding day at Tankardstown House.

Broadcaster Ray D'Arcy said he couldn't have made the move from Today FM to RTE without the support of his wife, Jenny Kelly.

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The 51-year-old famously moved from his 14-year role as host of The Ray D'Arcy Show on Today FM in December 2014, returning to his old stomping ground at Montrose in a five year radio and television deal.

And Ray paid tribute to his long-term love (they wed in 2013), whom he has two children Kate (seven) and Tom (two) with.

"Jenny and I had long chats about the move. None of us had a crystal ball but we tried to predict what was going to happen and ask ourselves how would we cope with it and at the end of it all, we agreed that it would be a rocky enough ride but to go for it," he told the Irish Daily Mail.

Ray D'Arcy and Jenny Kelly on their wedding day at Tankardstown House.
Ray D'Arcy and Jenny Kelly on their wedding day at Tankardstown House.

"I couldn't have done it without Jenny's support. Because she had given up work and I had to coax her back into coming back in here because she had decided to stay at home with the kids. So I said I couldn't do it without her and she said okay and here we are."

D'Arcy, who hosts his own daily radio show on RTE Radio One and a chat show on Saturday nights, said he relishes his new day-to-day schedule as it allows him to spend more time with his children.

"We were up at 7:40 this morning, so I left Tom at 9:15 so I was with Tom for an hour and a half this morning. That didn't exist when I was on Today FM. Now you do lose a bit at the other end of the day, but they are getting older so that is getting less important as they are staying up longer and they don't want your company."

Ray's latest JNLR figures show a boost of 33,000 listeners, but he has come under fire for his presenting style of his Saturday night chat show, most recently, his interview with Making a Murderer lawyer Dean Strang.

Ray D'Arcy with his wife Jenny, daughter Kate, and son Tom at the Marks & Spencer St Patrick's Day Breakfast. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Ray D'Arcy with his wife Jenny, daughter Kate, and son Tom at the Marks & Spencer St Patrick's Day Breakfast. Picture: Kieran Harnett

But he was quick to defend his choice of questions, which summarised the cult Netflix documentary rather than prodding for more information, saying: "We had decided that a small percentage of people had Netflix. A smaller again percentage had watched Making a Murderer so we had to do the bluffers guide and that's what we did.

"A number of people who hadn't seen it told me that they got it and that was my job done."

Ray D'Arcy hosts The Ray D'Arcy Show on RTE One
Ray D'Arcy hosts The Ray D'Arcy Show on RTE One

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