Thursday 26 April 2018

'Saturday Night Show' host Brendan O'Connor talks forgiveness, self-criticism, and rivalry with the 'Late Late'

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Brendan O'Connor has revealed he sometimes feels "annoyed" by 'The Late Late Show' taking priority over 'The Saturday Night Show' at RTE.

Speaking to's Barry Egan, the journalist and broadcaster said there is "no rivalry really" between the two shows.

However, he added, "We're completely different kettle of fish.  There might be the odd time we’re looking for something, the odd time you get annoyed because it's the big brand and it gets given everything really.

"It's the priority but that puts us in a nice position. We’re like a little indie record label.  They're the big major.  The ratings wouldn’t be as high but they do well for different slot.  They’d be good."

Asked about his worst interview on the show, the presenter revealed he always questions his interviews following the live show.

"Every night I go home and lie there and I go, ‘Why did I say that, why did I do that, I should have done that’.  It's the nature of it."

He added, "You get a little bit high, you go out there in front of like up to half a million people and and it's live and you're kind of thinking on your feet and you're trying to make it spontaneous and you can go through the bunch of things you have on the card and you can hope you don't have the interview you intended to have at all.

"It does mean that you make snap judgements in your head about saying things or not saying things. Of cousre you say, 'You idiot, making a fool of yourself!'

"There's a voice there somewhere from my childhood saying, 'You're making a clown of yourself in front of the whole country, stop embarrassing yourself like that!' but I think that’s healthy too isn't it?

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