No 'tawdry rivalry' between me and Ray D'Arcy, insists Ryan Tubridy
They are going head to head amid "friendly" rivalry - but both Ryan Tubridy and Ray D'Arcy have confessed to being competitive and wanting to be "the best".
'The Late Late Show' host said he thought it was "great" that D'Arcy was to occupy the Saturday night slot, with his eponymous 'Ray D'Arcy Show'.
"I've always said that competition is really, really good," he said, adding that he had "great respect" for his fellow chat show presenter.
As RTÉ One announced its new autumn schedule, unveiling 53 new series and documentaries, Tubridy said he didn't want the development of "some tawdry rivalry between Saturday night and Friday night because it's unnecessary, it's unhelpful and it's unpleasant".
But he later acknowledged that it was "a competitive world".
"We all want to do the best - so yeah, I'd only want the best for the show and the viewer," he said.
Tubridy admitted to having boned up on his skills during the summer by reading Michael Parkinson's autobiography, saying: "I love reading about chat shows and that world when I'm on holidays. I think it helps to up your game a little bit."
Having inherited "the institution" that is 'The Late Late Show' seven years ago, Tubridy said the Saturday night show had to forge its own field.
But he concluded: "I want to be the best and I'm going to try to be the best."
Ray D'Arcy, meanwhile, confessed to being "competitive" but denied being in competition with Tubridy.
"I suppose in your world we will be competing; now I don't feel we are," he said to members of the print media, adding: "Although I am competitive.
"I believe this is a life lesson - you should always do what you do to the best of your ability with an eye on a future prize."
Asked if he would like to take the helm at 'The Late Late Show', he replied: "Not yet. Ask me again in five years."
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