'Ray D'Arcy is somebody I don't hear' - RTE presenter Derek Mooney
Derek Mooney has revealed he has not listened to one Ray D'Arcy Show in the afternoon radio slot he vacated in February.
Mooney (47) had been presenting his afternoon show on RTE Radio 1 since 1995 and he left on a high with an average listenership of more than 200,000.
The RTÉ presenter told the Irish Sun he has not had time to listen to Ray D'Arcy (50) since his show kicked off on February 2.
"No, I haven't listened to Ray's show because I work during the day and Ray D'Arcy is somebody I just don't hear," he said.
He also revealed he has had letters from loyal Mooney listeners who have switched off from D'Arcy.
"I had loyal listeners and I'm sure Ray has loyal listeners," he laughed.
He said he has seen Ray in RTE and wished him luck but "I wouldn't say I know the guy".
He added that he had wanted to leave that slot for some time, as "far back as 2014" and was finally granted his wish in January this year.
While he is currently presenting his show Mooney Goes Wild at 10pm on Sunday nights on Radio One, he has also revealed he would like to return to daytime radio in the future.
"I want to go back to daytime radio in the future, not in that slot but somewhere else in the schedule."
Mooney said he didn't know that D'Arcy was planning a move back to RTE after 14 years at Today FM.