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Friday 24 November 2017

'I'm still lonely for my family,' said Gerry in his last interview

ALONE: Broadcaster claimed being a bachelor was 'not a novelty any more'

Gerry Ryan spoke about how lonely he was for his family in his final interview.

Ryan, who revealed that he didn't like being alone, explained that his new found bachelor status was "not a novelty anymore".

However, he also said that he believed that he was "one of the luckiest people in the world" although he predicted that he wouldn't have much money to leave behind if he died.

The late star, who died ten days ago aged 53, spoke to TV Now magazine which is available today, as fans also prepare to watch the last recorded episode of Ryan Confidential next week.

RTE bosses have decided to air Ryan's interview with rugby pundit and radio host George Hook, which will air at its original time slot of 10.15pm, on Thursday, May 20.

And in spite of being one of RTE's highest-paid personalities with an annual salary of more than €550,000, Ryan told the magazine he hadn't saved as much as he would have liked.

"I'm certainly not a millionaire, far from it. But I think I'm a generous person and I doubt if I will leave very much behind," he revealed.



Materially

"I get to do what I want within reason. I've done well materially which frees me up and I can't remember not being able to pay the mortgage."

And the father of five, who split from his wife of 26 years Morah two years ago, still put his family as his number one priority.

But he revealed the extent of his loneliness at not living in his family's Clontarf home.

"I live by myself so it doesn't get much more bachelor than that. It's not a novelty anymore. And you know, I wouldn't recommend it.

"I do see an awful lot of my family. I'm a people person, so I don't like being alone.

"But you know there are things that happen in life, there are choices that are made and you just have to roll with the punches."

Ryan had one of the most impressive broadcasting careers in the country, securing an average listenership of 300,000 people for The Gerry Ryan Show, but was always grateful for the opportunity.

"Well, you go through ups and downs, there are times when you automatically reinvigorate yourself, there are times when you do it deliberately.

"But the one thing that I do before the programme each day is stand on the steps of the radio building here and say I am going to do the best I can here today. I'm going to be relevant, I'm doing to be honest. I'm going to be better than I was yesterday. That's all you need sometimes," he continued.

"The Gerry Ryan Show will continue as long as people want it to go on and not as long as Gerry Ryan or 2fm want it to go on. To be honest, I can't imagine what my life would be like without it.

"Yes I work hard but I've had a wonderful life. I've been blessed and I'm still amazed at how lucky I am," he said.

cmcbride@herald.ie

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