Wednesday 20 March 2019

Brendan O'Connor addresses rumours of Ray D'Arcy Saturday Night Show takeover

Brendan O'Connor will be back on the Saturday Night Show this weekend
Brendan O'Connor will be back on the Saturday Night Show this weekend
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Brendan O'Connor addressed rumours of Ray D'Arcy replacing him on RTE's Saturday Night Show on the John Murray Show on RTE Radio 1.

Asked about the rumours that Ray, who arrives to RTE Radio 1 next week having left Today FM, is being lined up to replace him, Brendan quipped, "You couldn’t possibly replace me!"

He added, "I haven’t heard a word from anyone about all that.  I just hear when the papers ring or whatever.  I did see Ray D’Arcy is going to present an Ant and Dec style show instead of the Saturday Night Show so that sounds good."

Regarding the future of the show and his position as presenter, he said, "It was my birthday last Friday, I was 45, and I remember that five years before, on my 40th birthday I was out in RTE doing a dry run for the first Saturday Night Show.

"I would, at that stage, never have expected to start doing an RTE Saturday night chat show and certainly never expected to last five years. 

"I would have presumed I would have done something majorly disastrous at this stage and be pulled off due to a national scandal and we came close to a few of those along the way.  Look, it’s been a great five years."

However, he added, "Equally, I would say the numbers are up hugely on last year which is unusual in television at the moment.  I think the team is firing on all cylinders at the moment.

"There’s a lot more we could do but whatever [RTE] decide in their wisdom...  If they think Ray D’Arcy doing an Ant and Dec style show is what is required they’ll decide. 

"I’ll find out at some stage."

O'Connor has been struggling to recover from a broken arm for the past six weeks and underwent surgery in St Vincent's Hospital on Sunday and was expected to miss the Saturday Night Show this week.

Joe Duffy was mooted to take his place.

"Now, I'm not sure if that was a compliment or not to me.  I do feel when I heard that rumour that I rallied a bit and suddenly felt I could do it and by Saturday I'll be there."

The presenter had surgery which implanted lithium plates in his arm to support the break, which failed to heal by itself.

"They prefer really not to operate and you would hope they go the conservative route and the bone would heal, but the bone didn't heal.  I was just really unlucky," he revealed.

"The good news is that if they'll have me I do hope to present he show on Saturday night and be more coherent than I am now.  I'm feeling sorry for myself.  I had a bad night.  But things are supposed to be improving."

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