Monday 22 October 2018

Ideal interviewer? Why, me, of course

Jason O'Brien

Jason O'Brien

IT will take more than a little literary criticism to dent Gerry Ryan's ego.

The 2fm broadcaster said yesterday that he had agreed to Ryan Tubridy interviewing him on 'Ryan Confidential' only after ruling out another highly-paid RTE star -- Mr Gerry Ryan.

"Initially, the idea -- and this wasn't something RTE was particularly fond of but it's something that has been done in America -- was to interview myself," Mr Ryan said yesterday.

"Now, with hindsight, that may have been quite hard to sell. (But) I thought it would have been a much funnier interview if it had been me."

Mr Ryan added: "I thought there were some great moments from [Ryan Tubridy].

"It's been an emotionally taxing experience for me. It's one thing to be grabbing answers out of people, and I've got quite good at that over the last 20 years or so, but it's an entirely different experience to be on the other end of the ditch.

"I can't say I enjoyed it, but I'm glad I did it."

One the show, he spoke about the effect the death of his parents had on him, but steered clear of his recent separation from his wife, Morah, just as he has done in his new autobiography.

Yesterday, he spent about 40 minutes signing copies of the book at Eason in Dublin.

Smug

The book has been heavily criticised as smug and self- important by Irish Independent books editor John Spain and others. "Once your opinion is honest, that's all I care about," said Mr Ryan of the reviews.

He said there was no particular reason why he had appeared on Today FM to promote 'Would the Real Gerry Ryan Please Stand Up' but not on RTE programmes.

"Ian (Dempsey) is an old friend and I just thought this is kind of a quirky thing," he said.

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