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I don't want Mooney's job, says Tubs as Lottie reveals Rex is on festive food duty

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Ryan Tubridy and Lottie Ryan at The Rte 2fm Radiothon in Stephens Green Dublin

Ryan Tubridy and Lottie Ryan at The Rte 2fm Radiothon in Stephens Green Dublin

Ryan Tubridy and Lottie Ryan at The Rte 2fm Radiothon in Stephens Green Dublin

Broadcaster Ryan Tubridy has confirmed he will not take over Derek Mooney's weekday RTE Radio One slot next year.

This week, RTE announced Mooney had quit his popular afternoon show and speculation arose as to whether his departure would result in Tubridy returning to Radio One.

But Tubridy is adamant he is staying at 2fm.

"I'm absolutely not moving to Mooney's slot," he told the Herald.

Tubridy's latest Joint National Listener Research ratings saw an increase in his listenership figures of 27,000.

"It hasn't been a bad year for me," he said. The broadcaster said the highlight of his year was presenting the Late Late Toy Show.

"The kids were fantastic and it actually took me about four days to come down from that high," he said.

Tubridy was speaking from Benetton on Dublin's Grafton Street, from where 2fm broadcast yesterday as part of their annual Radiothon in aid of the St Vincent de Paul Give a Gift campaign.

Meanwhile RTE star Lottie Ryan has revealed that it is her brother Rex who will be in charge of the Christmas dinner this year.

"My brother Rex takes the reins with the cooking.

"I prefer to just eat it. He does the whole Christmas dinner, the full dinner," she revealed.

Lottie, daughter of the late Gerry Ryan, followed in her dad's footsteps earlier this year when she landed her own show on 2fm, presenting The Early, Early Breakfast Show at weekends, with a mixture of music and chat.

The star also opened up about the plans for Christmas in the Ryan household this year.

"There will be a huge gang around. Our place is normally the hot-spot around Christmas- uncles, aunties, everyone over.

"It's a fluffy pyjama zone. It's a pyjama day," she said.

When it comes to New Year's Eve, though, the presenter didn't have any firm plans.

"I don't know what I'm going to do this year. It'll probably be a low-key family thing for New Year's Eve," she revealed. "I don't do resolutions," Lottie said, however.

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