'Simon Delaney's not going anywhere despite Corrie role', says TV3
Weekend AM viewers can rest easy as Simon Delaney is sticking with the show - despite his new role on Coronation Street.
The presenter's job on the TV3 series looked to be in the balance when it was revealed he would be heading to the cobblestones of Manchester to star in the long-running soap, but the Herald can reveal his future at TV3 is secure.
"Simon isn't going anywhere. He's very important to Weekend AM and all the team love him," an insider said.
"He has always loved acting and the producers are committed to making it work.
"Some people thought he could be replaced while he's filming but he's determined to fit both shows into his schedule.
"It's going to be a busy few weeks for him."
Details of the Corrie character set to be played by the father-of-four have not been revealed, other than that he will be an Irish arrival to Weatherfield and his first scenes are expected to air in June.
Simon has enjoyed much success in his acting career recently. He starred in 2016 horror film The Conjuring 2 alongside Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson.
The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing €288m at the box office.
His other recent roles include appearances on The Good Wife, The Fall and Moone Boy. Simon has also starred alongside Vince Vaughn in Delivery Man and Keira Knightley in Begin Again.
The actor's first high-profile role was in the RTE series Bachelor's Walk in 2001.
The broadcaster will have big shoes to fill on Coronation Street as pop singer Keith Duffy previously starred in the series.
The former Boyzone star first joined the show back in 2002 and portrayed Ciaran McCarthy for three years. He returned to the series in 2010 for another year and was nominated for sexiest male at the British Soap Awards.
Anna Daly recently returned to her role on Weekend AM following her maternity leave.
She had been replaced by Lisa Cannon during her time off.
The former Xpose presenter has since lined up a new movie show with 3e, which is set to air later this year.