Wednesday 22 November 2017

Claire happy to win ratings, not hearts, with RTE show success

NIAMH HORAN Entertainment News Reporter

SHE'S the RTE beauty with the world at her feet and the telly hunk by her side.

But for now romance, men and even marriage are off the agenda for Claire Byrne.

When it comes to men, the 32-year-old says she's still living with the pain of divorce from Richard Johnson in 2006.

"I have my feet on the ground after going through a divorce -- you'd know what's what now so to speak," she said, "as opposed to someone who is thinking about wedding dresses and cakes and flowers. I don't have stars in my eyes any more."

Byrne is notoriously guarded about her private life but four years on from her marriage split, the presenter of The Daily Show has revealed how she's been left with the wounds of a love lost.

"You see how it can end if it goes wrong," she said.

"I'll never say never to marrying again but when you have been through it once and you've been through a divorce you're a bit more cynical about marriage. But you never know what's going to happen. Everyone knows how stressful going through a divorce is."

On the prospect of a new relationship, the RTE star said: "I don't have time for a relationship at the moment. If it happens it happens. I'm not bereft or seeking -- I'm grand. I'm taking a breath and it's a nice place to be."

The stunning presenter says she doesn't think her glamorous job scares men off but she needs someone confident enough to handle her celebrity. "I don't think men are intimidated by me -- people who are I wouldn't be bothered anyway. I would see them as drips," she laughed. "I would have to be with someone confident enough for that not to happen."

The Daily Show -- which she presents with Daithi O Se -- has been going from strength to strength over the last few weeks.

Last it had an average of 153,000 viewers, an 18.4 per cent share of the available live audience.

Although it got off to a shaky start, a spokesperson for RTE said: "As The Daily Show is a new series and still establishing itself, RTE are really happy with the viewing figures for the two new series -- both Four Live with Maura Derrane and The Daily Show with Daithi and Claire.

"We've had lots of positive reaction from viewers who are enjoying the new formats and the banter between Maura, Claire and Daithi, their guests and interviewees."

Sunday Independent

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