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Saturday 17 November 2018

I owe it all to Gerry, says Gay Daddy star Darren

TV presenter and celebrity stylist Darren Kennedy has revealed that Gerry Ryan inspired him to pursue a career in broadcasting.

The 31-year-old first cut his teeth in the broadcasting world on the hugely successful Gerry Ryan Radio Show on 2fm.

And the star of RTE 2's Gay Daddy said learning from the "great Gerry" was the perfect start to his own presenting ambitions.

"I started out on Gerry's show. It was a great experience".

And Darren says he's still recognised by hardcore Gerry fans.

"You know, people still remember me from that. Gerry's fans really, really loved him and I still have women and mammies coming up and saying 'I remember you on Gerry's show'."

Ryan died in 2010 -- toxicology tests later show traces of cocaine were present in his system. Darren says working alongside Gerry "was a great way to learn the ropes".

He went on to say: "I miss Gerry -- we all do."

Darren recently presented documentary Gay Daddy as part of RTE 2's Reality Bites series.

Since the show aired the presenter says he has been swamped with messages congratulating him on the programme.







Worried

"To be honest I have been flabbergasted by the reaction. It's been overwhelming and purely positive."

"I was worried there would be a bit of negativity around the show because of the subject matter, but there hasn't been. I've received lots of lovely emails.

"People have told me that I've done a service in making it."

The show followed Darren as he explored Ireland's laws regarding gay parenting, adoption and surrogacy.

Speaking about upcoming projects, Darren -- who splits his time between London and Dublin, said "I'm very busy; I have a lot of stuff coming up in the UK. I'm talking about a couple of things, different projects -- watch this space."

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