Tuesday 20 August 2019

'Brian and I are like a bold Ant and Dec,' says Keith Duffy as the duo begin talks to host UK chat show

Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden on the Ray D'Arcy Show
Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden on the Ray D'Arcy Show

Sean O'Grady

Watch out Ant and Dec ... Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden are in talks to host their own chat show in the UK.

The pair teamed up to form musical duo Boyzlife that saw them play several sell-out gigs in the UK and Ireland and now they're hoping to translate their recent success to the small screen.

"It's unbelievable the different ideas that are being presented to us at the moment. We get on very well. We're like the bold Ant and Dec, that's what we have been called, the post-watershed Ant and Dec (inset). There's huge interest in the UK at the moment for us to put together our own TV show," Keith told the Herald.

The Dublin man (42) has promised the show will feature performances by the duo and their guests as well as interviews and funny video clips.

Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden have called the show Boyzlife
Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden have called the show Boyzlife

"We will perform with the guests clips and videos we shoot during the week. When the two of us are together we're quite funny and TV and radio have noticed it so there's producers talking to our management trying to get our own show," he said.

However even if the show comes to pass, Keith has no plans to make the move to London because his wife Lisa and children Jay (20) and Mia (16) live here.

Keith Duffy with wife Lisa and children Jay and Mia. Picture: G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Keith Duffy with wife Lisa and children Jay and Mia. Picture: G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM

"I would never move over there. The family are based in Ireland so I'll always commute. I commuted for Coronation Street to Manchester every week and it would never be as difficult as that because Corrie shoots 6 days a week, up to 14 hours a day," he said.

"There were weeks where it felt like I'd only get home for 10 minutes. The commute is a lot easier (now). I'm getting a lot more balance and I get a lot more time with the family."

Keith is still close pals with his Boyzone bandmates and they're planning to meet next week for a Yuletide drink.

"There was emails flying this morning to figure out where we're going to meet up next week for Christmas drinks," he said.

Keith partnered with TK Maxx to launch the TK Maxx-I Carol-oke, Ireland's ultimate Christmas carol taxi singalong and was accompanied by singing taxi driver Mick Foran.

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