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'I won't be a slave to RTÉ': Tubs vows to learn from Gay's mistake

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Family first: Ryan Tubridy, who said he would ‘rather be penniless and a pauper former broadcaster and love my girls’, during ‘The Late Late Show – Gay Byrne Tribute’ last November. Photo: Andres Poveda

Family first: Ryan Tubridy, who said he would ‘rather be penniless and a pauper former broadcaster and love my girls’, during ‘The Late Late Show – Gay Byrne Tribute’ last November. Photo: Andres Poveda

Family first: Ryan Tubridy, who said he would ‘rather be penniless and a pauper former broadcaster and love my girls’, during ‘The Late Late Show – Gay Byrne Tribute’ last November. Photo: Andres Poveda

Ryan Tubridy has revealed he will not miss out on family life in favour of his career in RTÉ, as he says his mentor Gay Byrne did.

'The Late Late Show' presenter said he will devote his time to daughters Ella and Julia, who he has with ex-wife and RTÉ producer Anne Marie Power, rather than act as a "slave to RTÉ".

"I don't think I miss out the way that Gay did. In many ways I looked at Gay for how not to do things. By that I mean I was not going to be a slave to RTÉ," he said.

"That was a really good lesson. So I'm not there from six in the morning to eight at night six days a week with a 2am finish on a Friday. You must be kidding me.

"I spend a lot more time with myself, with my thoughts, with my girls - they're too important to compete with RTÉ.

"RTÉ will never win if it's me versus the girls."

The 47-year-old from Dublin was speaking to Mike Murphy on the 'Senior Times Podcast'.

Tubridy, who first took over the 'Late Late' mantle in 2009 off the back of 'Tubridy Tonight' said that his career has been his "dream job", but that his time in RTÉ has not always gone smoothly.

"I'm not going to sugar-coat this by saying it's been beautiful," he said.

"Of course it's been complicated and, of course, real life gets tangled up in showbiz. All those ups and downs are complicated.

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"What you see isn't necessarily what's happening in the real life of it all but it's been a joy. This sounds strange, but I'd rather be penniless and a pauper former broadcaster and love my girls than tread the boards and wondering how they are."


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