VETERAN host Pat Kenny will make his much-anticipated return to TV tonight as UTV Ireland’s star signing but he is not feeling the pressure of being the station’s biggest name.
“I’ve done so much TV at this stage that people know what I can do, I’m not suddenly about to change at 9pm tonight.
“I’m not going to start tightrope walking or juggling,” he quipped.
His show, Pat Kenny in the Round, sees him interview guests in an hour-long in-depth discussion. It is pre-recorded in front of a live audience of 150 people in the Round Room in the Mansion House.
At the moment the format is less like traditional chat shows, he said, but he is open to changes.
“The show is an open book. No one is expecting it to be perfect straight away. We want to put out high-quality content, but there still might be tweaks about certain things,” he told the Herald. “The main thing is that we are up and running now and we’ll get out the five or six first programmes and take stock from there.
“I’m excited to get it out there finally.”
The 67-year-old is confident that people will like the show and he said his decision to join the broadcaster was simple down to a desire to return to TV.
“I wanted to keep doing some telly and I knew RTE weren’t asking me back anytime soon so I joined UTV Ireland – there was no big controversy,” he said.
His departure from RTE in 2013 ended a 42-year career with the State broadcaster, and the Dubliner said that he still has lots of pals in Donnybrook.
“Sometimes people like to invent artificial barriers that are not there –it’s really very pally,” he said of the showbiz industry in Ireland.
His first show will include an interview with former Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte who opens up about his grief after his daughter Michaela’s murder on her honeymoon in Mauritius.