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Linehan laughs at radio rival mix-up


 LAUGH: Graham Linehan. Photo: Mark Condren

LAUGH: Graham Linehan. Photo: Mark Condren

LAUGH: Graham Linehan. Photo: Mark Condren

RAY D'Arcy got his own back on 2fm after Nicky Byrne tried to poach some of his listeners by giving them €1,000 in cash.

The Kildare-man was given a chuckle by Father Ted creator Graham Linehan after he recounted on air how he accidentally rang Ryan Tubridy instead of Ray.

And he allowed him to have a gentle pop at his 2fm rival who said how he "seemed to not have any interesting questions" for him.

Linehan told Ray: "I phoned up a different number, I don't know how I got it. And they put me through (to Ryan) and I was on and he seemed to not have any interesting questions. I was like 'what's going on?' and he cut me off after like 30 seconds."

The comedy writer added: "What I love is that they didn't turn down the call, they were just like 'oh yeah whatever' so anyone can call any radio station and get on."

Linehan's blunder comes a day after Nicky Byrne gave prize money to Ray D'Arcy listeners, who texted him by mistake.

But 2fm have insisted they weren't fleecing Ray's guests – it was all just a mix-up. "Graham was meant to appear on our show but never called in so when he accidentally rang in today we transferred him through," an RTE spokesperson said. "Ryan had done all the research so he was able to conduct the interview."


Meanwhile, Ray D'Arcy will be forsaking the airwaves for our TV screens after filming a new show for RTE.

The Today FM broadcaster will present a quirky new show 'Superstar Dogs'.

The format of the programme sees the stars trying to train their dogs to complete various challenges, while also competing against each other in complex obstacle courses.

Ray told the Herald: "I did the pilot. It was good craic, to the point of being surreal."

Among those taking part is Rosanna Davison and her pomeranian Ted alongside celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin and Louise Lennon from The Restaurant.

The show has been given the green light from RTE but no scheduling date has been set.