Thursday 18 October 2018

Tubridy takes back seat in the 'Late Late' stakes

Ryan Tubridy and Miriam O'Callaghan Photo: Getty Images
Ryan Tubridy and Miriam O'Callaghan Photo: Getty Images

Patricia McDonagh

Ryan Tubridy won't be losing any sleep if Miriam O'Callaghan lands the 'Late Late Show'.

He is happy to stay at the helm of his Saturday night talk show, he revealed at the 'TV Now' awards in Dublin's Mansion House at the weekend. The 35-year-old Dubliner said he was "extremely reluctant" to leave 'Tubridy Tonight'.

"The more I think, and the more I reflect, the more sad I would be to leave this programme that bears your name, that has your little fun-size legacy," he said.

"That sounds all very Oprah. But there is a moment when you are walking down the pier, as I was today, and you think, why hunger for something else when you are sitting on something really, really enjoyable and lovely?

"So I am not in a hurry to go anywhere, to tell you the truth. I am very happy where I am and I get more happy the more I think about it."


The father of two -- who was named Best Male TV presenter during the ceremony -- insists the economic downturn has put everything in perspective. "Maybe it's the recession. I see people losing their jobs. You think, why be greedy?" he said.

"You are there sitting on your 'Jim'll Fix It' job, one you love and you think, just be happy."

While hot-favourite Miriam has refused to talk about the prospect of her being unveiled as Pat Kenny's 'Late Late' successor next month, Tubridy said: "I think what RTE have at the moment is a choice of presenters which they wouldn't have had before. I think they are very lucky in that way. Very, very good candidates, fine people who are well able for that job and I wish them well with it."

Just a few weeks ago, Tubridy admitted he would love to take the helm of the 'Late Late Show'. And it was thought both he and bookies' favourite Miriam O'Callaghan would battle it out for the job.

Sources have indicated that RTE have also been in negotiations with Gerry Ryan. But yesterday Paddy Power had him trailing Miriam O'Callaghan at odds of 8/1, compared to her odds of 2/5.

A spokesman for RTE yesterday denied that any decision had been made.

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