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Gerry's TV slot won't be filled by me -- Craig

Craig Doyle claims his show will not return to the small screen next autumn when late broadcaster Gerry Ryan's series was due to air.

The Dublin presenter, who was due to go head to head with the dad-of-five for the coveted Saturday-night gig, insists that he will not be drafted in to take the TV slot left vacant following Gerry's sudden death.

Craig (39) is hopeful that his current series Tonight With Craig Doyle will be recommissioned in 2011 however.

"Of course I'd love to come back. You wouldn't present a show like that unless you wanted to come back again," he said.

"RTE have their decision to make. They have a very definite plan and I'd imagine they'll stick to that.

"I'm not privy to anything and I don't even ask. I can only do what I do every Saturday night and then it's up to them."

With Gerry's month's mind approaching, Craig admits his absence is still felt enormously in RTE, but says he will always be remembered fondly.

"He's quoted all the time and I don't think any of us realised how often we quoted Gerry Ryan before," he told the Diary.

Craig's final show of the series will air next Saturday and he says he's extremely excited about the guests lined up to appear.

Last night saw the star step out to the Grand Canal Theatre at Dublin's Docklands, where he hosted a VIP reception to celebrate the availability of Ireland's first Samsung 3D TV.

Comedian Oliver Callan of Nob Nation fame and celebrity DJ Mo Kelly were on hand to entertain VIP guests.

Among the big names in attendance was Rosanna Davison, Laura Toogood, Nuala Carey and Malcolm O'Kelly.