Wednesday 21 February 2018

'I misjudged the tone and that was my fault' - Brendan O’Connor apologises for saying ‘w***y’ to Ryan Tubridy on live radio

Ryan Tubridy and Brendan O'Connor (inset)
Ryan Tubridy and Brendan O'Connor (inset)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Brendan O'Connor has apologised for using the word 'w***y' during an interview with Ryan Tubridy on Radio 1 in July last year.

On his last day filling in on John Murray's former slot on Radio 1, Brendan gave the slot's incoming presenter quite a grilling in what turned into quite an awkward interview.

Tubridy spoke about his feelings on returning to Radio 1 after five years in 2fm and he thanked John Murray for his support following the announcement that Tubs would replace him.

O'Connor then went on to suggest Tubridy was simply too old for 2fm and  when Tubridy attempted to thank his team at 2fm, O'Connor joked, "I always think that sounds w***y to the people at home”.

Brendan O'Connor on the Late Late Show
Brendan O'Connor on the Late Late Show

However, this did not sit well with Tubridy, according to Brendan.

Speaking to the Irish Sun he said that he and Tubridy don't have a "huge relationship" but there is "no animosity" between them.

Indeed, O'Connor was interviewed by Tubridy on Friday night's Late Late Show in what was a very interesting and measured chat.

Of the Radio 1 interview, however, Brendan added, "What listeners heard was a misunerstanding.  I was trying a bit of banter and it was unfortunate that I used the word 'w***y'.

"It's a word you would use among your friends but not a word to use on the radio.  I think Ryan was offended and he was right to be offended.

"He was sitting opposite me in the studio at the time and the body language was not great.

"Unfortunately that did make the rest of the conversation a bit awkward.  I take full responsibility for what happened."

The rest of the Radio 1 interview was increasingly awkward as O'Connor jokingly suggested Tubridy should give up Fridays - and The Late Late Show - to someone new.

"On Fridays, you’re up at 6 o’clock, you’re doing the Late Late till 12 or 1.  I think it’s too much on a Friday," he said.

Tubridy replied, “I’d say if you were offered it you’d do it."

“Would you not ask to do Monday to Thursday and have someone else come in and do Friday for you?" continued O'Connor.

"No," replied Tubridy, before stating that Gay Byrne and Pat Kenny did it before him, "I'm only doing one hour [of radio]. It’s not that tough.  It’s a long day but it’s a privilege.  The Friday is a long day but sure people do long days."

O'Connor then asked Tubridy about how he felt about the upcoming new competition from Ray D'Arcy's Saturday night show.

In his defence, O'Connor told The Irish Sun that he's very inexperienced on radio and "wouldn't be as polished as Ryan and there are probably rough edges on me."

O'Connor is returning to TV with a new show, Cutting Edge, on Wednesdays on RTE One at 9.35

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