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Wednesday 7 December 2016

No 'tawdry rivalry' between Ray D'Arcy and me, says Tubridy

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Ryan Tubridy and Ray D'Arcy
Ryan Tubridy and Ray D'Arcy
Brian Gleeson, Sophie Robinson and Barry Ward of Rebellion pictured at the launch of the new season of programmes on RTE One. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

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.

Confident

"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.

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