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Tuesday 23 September 2014

I won't stay on Late Late Show forever, reveals Ryan

Ryan Tubridy has revealed that he has no intention of holding on to his crown as the king of chat for long, and does not expect to be in the same role when he approaches retirement age.

The RTE presenter with one of the most coveted jobs on Irish television, hosting The Late Late Show, said that although he loves his "dream job", he still has other career plans.



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"I've never done a job for too long," he said. "I think that there should be cycles in life and in work and I think they (RTE) would be about as interested in seeing me there for 30 years as they would in seeing a particular Taoiseach in the job for the same amount of time.

"I don't see it as the end at all. I'm 36. I've got this job that is indeed a dream job.

"I'm loving it. I've great plans," he added.

Although he boldly stated that he has plans for a future beyond his gig as host of The Late Late, he admitted that 2009 has been one of the best years of his life.

In the past year, the self-confessed "young fogey" was crowned Pat Kenny's successor on the late night chat show and he has also become involved with former Rose of Tralee Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain in the past number of months.

"I have had an extraordinary year. And I don't think I will ever see a year quite like it," he added. "It's without doubt been a great year for me personally and professionally.

"For people like me, it was the dream job.

"I will never forget being told 'You've got the job' and calling my daughter.

"All I could hear in the back of the car was 'he's going the Toy Show' so that was great," he said in an interview with rte Radio One.

The notoriously private presenter went on to explain that although he enjoys his career in the limelight, he has worked hard over the years to protect his two daughters from public scrutiny.

"I protect my family from everything. You will never see photos of us or my girls.

"We look after them in that respect. There will be no RTE Guide spreads," he pledged in the interview.

Tubridy went on to give a diplomatic response when questioned about some people's potential resentment about his six-figure salary.

"Of course people are going to look and ask and query," he said.

In addition to his presenting duties, he added that he is still working on his book documenting John F Kennedy's visit to Ireland in 1963.

And the Dubliner described his research at the National Library as "a bolthole from a crazy, crazy world".

cmcbride@herald.ie

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