No 'tawdry rivalry' between Ray D'Arcy and me, says Tubridy
Claire Byrne. Photo: Damien Eagers
Una Foden, The Voice at the RTE new season launch at the Smock Alley Theatre. Photo: Damien Eagers
Aoibheann McCaul, Fair City actress. Photo: Damien Eagers
Una Foden and Claire Byrne. Photo: Damien Eagers
Ryan Tubridy and Mairead Ronan (nee Farrell)l. Photo: Damien Eagers
Una foden, Aoibheann McCaul, Ryan Tubridy, Sinead Kennedy and Kathryn thomas. Photo: Damien Eagers
Mairead Ronan (nee Farrell) and Ryan Tubridy. Photo: Damien Eagers
Back row from l to r, are Claire Byrne, aisling O'Neill, Aoibheann McGarrity, Sophie Robinson, Mairead Farrell and Mary Kennedy. Front row, Una Foden, beth McNulty, kelly Thornton and Sinead Kennedy. Photo: Damien Eagers
Clare manager, Davy Fitzgerald and Mairead Ronan. Photo: Damien Eagers
Brian Gleeson, Sophie Robinson and Barry Ward, from the Drama Rebellion. Photo: Damien Eagers
Back row from left to right are Daithi O'Se, Donal Skehan, Mario Rosenstock, Ray Darcy, Ryan Tubridy, Brian Gleeson, private, Stacy Kehoe, and Private, O'Boyle. Front Row, Mary Kennedy, Claire Byrne, Una Foden, Mairead Ronan (nee Farrell)l and Sinead Kennedy at the RTE new season launch at the Smock Alley Theatre. Photo: Damien Eagers
Aoibheann McCaul, Michael Sheehan and Aisling O'Neill, from Fair City. Photo: Damien Eagers
Private, Jonathon O'Dowd, who stars in new recruits with Kathryn Thomas and Una Foden from The voice of Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers
Kathryn Thomas, Una Foden and Aoibheann McCaul. Photo: Damien Eagers
Ryan Tubridy has insisted there will be "no tawdry rivalry" between himself and Ray D'Arcy.
Prodigal son Ray returned to RTE in January and is set to front his own chat show from September.
Meanwhile, Ryan will be back at the helm of the Late Late Show - and he said he wanted the show "to be the best" chatshow going.
"One of the things I wanted to make sure wouldn't happen was this tawdry rivalry between Saturday night and Friday night," Ryan told the Herald.
"It's unnecessary, it's unhelpful and it's unpleasant.
"Where we are now is this New World Order with two fellas who present two shows and actually get on and the two teams are at peace.
"I wish Ray well, he's confident and he'll be great," added Ryan, speaking at the launch of RTE's autumn schedule in Smock Alley in Dublin.
However, Ryan (42) did concede the world of TV was "competitive" and "we all want to do our best".
Elsewhere, Ray said things go wrong when you focus on others, before adding he didn't feel any competition between him and Tubridy.
"If you have an eye on something else, that's when things go wobbly or wrong," Ray said.
"For now I don't feel we are competing - although I am competitive."
It was rumoured Ray would be hosting an Ant and Dec style entertainment show, but instead he will front a revamp of the Saturday Night Show. It was formerly hosted by Brendan O'Connor.
When asked what would be unique about his show, he replied "me".
"It's going to be exciting, engaging and entertaining," he said. "There'll be new graphics, new theme tune and a new set.
"If we can reflect modern Ireland - which is vibrant, confident and flawed - then we'd be doing a good job," he added.
Ray (50) has been on the 3pm slot on RTE Radio 1 since February and said his move to Montrose was a "lifestyle choice".
"I got up this week, went for a run, gave the kids their breakfast and dropped them to summer camp - all the things I was never able to do when I was on air at 9am," he said.
However, he rubbished rumours of his €500,000 salary.
"No, far from it," he said. "You'll want to check your facts on that one."
While the boys will battle it out in the chat show ratings, viewers can expect more than 50 new shows on RTE One this season.
For those missing Love/Hate, Clean Break and Rebellion seek to fill the void left by the gangland drama.
Firm favourites The Voice of Ireland, Winning Streak and Ireland's Fittest Families will all be returning.
Elsewhere, Mario Rosenstock is getting his own studio show and some fresh documentaries will look at the Irish Defence Forces and Our Lady's Children Hospital in Crumlin.