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Miriam and Claire have helped give me a better social life – Pat

A RENEWED social life and two glamorous women by his side – what's not to love about the new Prime Time schedule, says RTE star Pat Kenny.

After 10 years of having his weekends taken over as the host of the Late Late Show, and then his Monday nights with debate show Frontline, Pat (65) is enjoying the transition to Prime Time.

And one perk of fronting the current affairs show is that he can enjoy a few more nights out – with the help of co-hosts Miriam O'Callaghan and Claire Byrne.

"The good thing is that before, I was doing Frontline every Monday and that was because I was on my own.

"But now if I want to go to an event, there is someone to cover for me," Pat said.

Last week mum-to-be Claire Byrne stood in for Pat on the Thursday night slot of Prime Time as he attended the opening night of the Lion King alongside his wife Kathy and their two daughters, Kristina and Nicole.

Pat emphasised that the Prime Time evolution is still a work in progress, but that he is enjoying the new challenge.

"We are still working on how best to use the new studio and how to handle the audience and things like that. It's a work in progress, but it's going pretty well."

There was speculation that three big RTE personalities working in the same studio might result in tension, but Pat says he enjoys working with two professional women in Claire and Miriam.

"Both of them are very skilled and, thankfully, I don't have to worry about fashion – a dark suit and a tie does me."