Monday 20 November 2017

'I was foolish to start two new shows in the same year' - Ray D'Arcy

The Ray D'Arcy Show
The Ray D'Arcy Show

Sean O'Grady

Ray D'Arcy believes it was "foolish" to start a new radio show and chat show in the same year. 

The broadcaster moved to RTE Radio 1 after years on Today FM in 2015 while his late night chat show premiered the same year. 

While his radio show is going well, Ray's RTE One show has gotten it's fair share of criticism from viewers since it debuted. 

"It was probably a bit foolish to do two start-ups in the one year. I think the aim of television, if you get it right, is to get to a level of intimacy that's similar to radio. We're getting there and I'm getting more comfortable but it's been difficult. I'd done a lot of television but I hadn't done a live chat show with an audience of 200 people," he said. 

The Ray D'Arcy Show (pictured) has struggled in the ratings.
The Ray D'Arcy Show (pictured) has struggled in the ratings.

Notable incidents that angered viewers included the presenter's interview with actress and model Pamela Anderson which was labelled as sexist by some viewers. 

The show also came under fire for an awkward interview with a Jack Nicholson impersonator who the audience was led to believe was the real actor before he came on stage. 

"We got a lot of reaction last year, some good, some bad' we deserved some of it and some we didn't. It's like the new kid in school getting a kicking: you just have to put your hands over your head and hope they don't break anything," Ray said.

The 52-year-old has no aspirations to return to a morning radio slot.

"I never had ambitions. I think you should always do what you're doing to the best of your ability. I think if you've your eye on another prize, you'll just trip. In everything in my life I've done it to the best of my ability at the time," he told the RTE Guide.

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