Wednesday 18 September 2019

Ray D'Arcy: 'I can't compete with Late Late legacy'

Ryan Tubridy and Ray D'Arcy
Ryan Tubridy and Ray D'Arcy
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Broadcaster Ray D'Arcy has admitted it's tough competing with the "Late Late legacy".

D'Arcy's new Saturday night chat show will kick off this weekend and will inevitably draw comparisons with RTE's Friday night entertainment show.

"The Late Late Show is the oldest chat show in the world - people have grown up with it," he said.

"It's hard to compete against that heritage - we have zilch heritage."

D'Arcy is taking over Brendan O'Connor's former RTE One slot but insists there is no bad blood between himself and O'Connor.

"We had a chat," he told TV Now. "He knows it wasn't my decision, like I didn't rob his job or anything like that, that's not how it works. I didn't canvass for the position. Somebody came to me and offered it to me."

D'Arcy announced he was returning to RTE after 14 years on Today FM last year.

He brought his producer Will Hanafin with him and convinced his wife, Jenny Kelly - who had left Today FM in June 2014 - to return to work.

"I had to convince Jenny to come back and work on the radio - I told her I couldn't do it without her. We talked about it ad nauseam."

Despite being happy he made the move back to Montrose, D'Arcy admits he still feels some doubts. "I'm still in the adjustment stage. We knew this year was going to be manic - two start-ups, the dog and we got a new couch. I was saying to Jenny 'have we thought this through?'"

Read more: Mr Saturday night... The return of Mr Ray D'Arcy


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