Friday 25 May 2018

Brendan O'Connor: I don't miss dogfight of Saturday night chat shows

Brendan O’Connor on the set of his new RTÉ series. Photo: Andres Poveda
Brendan O’Connor on the set of his new RTÉ series. Photo: Andres Poveda
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Presenter Brendan O'Connor is glad to leave the squabbling and "dogfighting" of RTÉ's late night chat shows behind as he embarks on his latest TV project.

Last year, RTÉ cancelled O'Connor's popular 'Saturday Night Show' to make way for Ray D'Arcy's new entertainment programme.

After a year-long hiatus from our TV screens, O'Connor returns to telly-land this evening with his new weekly show 'Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge'.

The five-part series will see O'Connor discuss topical issues with a panellist of comedians and news hounds.

"It's a better fit for me than the 'Saturday Night Show'," he said. "Although I wouldn't have said that to you when RTÉ cancelled it.

"But this is a show that is built around my strengths. I'm done with chat shows."

The 'Saturday Night Show' and 'The Late Late Show' were often pitted against each other in the ratings war - something O'Connor will not miss.

"Am I glad to be out of that dogfight? Probably."

He said while presenters including Miriam O'Callaghan and Ryan Tubridy had been quick to "give him their blessing", D'Arcy had yet to pass on his good wishes.

"Miriam is always very generous with her good wishes and Ryan has been very generous with his good wishes," O'Connor said. "The TV titans have spoken and given me their blessing."

When asked if Ray D'Arcy had wished him well, O'Connor replied: "No."

'Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge' will air tonight at 10.10pm on RTÉ One.

Irish Independent

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