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Saturday 1 October 2016

Tubs holds fire on return to BBC and tells Ray to 'have some fun'

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Ryan Tubridy
Ryan Tubridy
Ray D'Arcy

Ryan Tubridy has frequently served as "super-sub" at the BBC during the holidays, but the RTE star revealed he has no plans to head across the Irish Sea this summer.

Last year, six million listeners tuned in when he covered for Simon Mayo on BBC Radio 2.

When asked if he has plans to venture over to the UK for a BBC stint any time soon, Tubridy said he didn't think so.

"I didn't do anything with them at Easter and I actually really enjoyed having that time off relaxing. I've got a taste for that, so no BBC decisions yet," he told the Herald.

Wherever he spends his summer, Tubridy is looking forward to a new producer joining the Late Late Show team from the now axed Saturday Night Show.

"We've a new producer starting soon - Larry Masterson. Cathy Fox is with child so that's the only reason she's leaving," he said.

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Ray D'Arcy

"No we won't be taking any tips from The Saturday Night Show - I don't need tricks from any other show. But I'll take advantage of Larry's vast experience.

"He's been there for decades and it's a different style - every producer brings that, so we'll have a different style, which will be fun."

RTE's prodigal son Ray D'Arcy (inset) is set to start his new show in the autumn, and while Tubridy agreed that competition is a positive thing, he joked that he wouldn't like to see "too much'" rivalry.

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"I welcome Ray. Obviously it's great and I know him down through the years," he said.

"I've always liked him and rated him highly. I was that soldier on Saturday nights. I hope he keeps it fun, because it's a fun slot.

"There's always been Saturday night and Friday night entertainment since I've been in this industry.

"There's a new guy at the wheel come autumn and I wish Ray well."

Pat Kenny's new chat show for UTV Ireland is also set to air in the coming weeks, but Tubridy (41) believes it's a completely different beast.

His show is called Pat Kenny in the Round and is filmed at the Round Room in the Mansion House.

Guests so far include astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield and Lulu.

"Pat's is going to be different because it'll be recorded and edited and that's different to live TV. It's a different discipline," said Tubridy.

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