Tubridy lashes out at 'that small thing' Sile
THE simmering feud between Ryan Tubridy and Sile Seoige has kicked off to open warfare.
Weeks after the diminutive Ms Seoige took a pop at the ailing Late Late Show, Tubridy has hit back with a cruel barb of his own.
Tubridy has described Ms Seoige as a "small thing" in a veiled attack over her jibes.
"I wasn't surprised about Sile Seoige's tweet about the show," insisted Tubridy today. "No, I don't care. I actually don't care.
"That's part of my new year. I don't sweat the small things - and that's a small thing," the 37-year-old added mischievously.
Former RTE host Sile sparked controversy when she took to her social networking site to complain and question the guest line-up for the Late Late Show recently. "Just wondering ... are the days of the likes of Peter Ustinov, Spike Milligan and Germaine Greer gone forever?" the Galway girl wrote.
But Tubs, who stressed he had no regrets about closing his Twitter account last year, hit back, dubbing Twitter users a "very small bunch of loud people" and that the site seemed to be a "channel for unpleasantness".
Ryan has been enjoying success on both counts lately - as his radio spot on 2FM is on the up, while the Late Late is continuing to attract more viewers.
A total of 671,000 tuned in for last Friday's instalment, which saw Michelle Heaton, Aslan and singer Matt Cardle take the hot seat.
"For some reason things are going my way at the moment, I'm getting car park spaces when I least expect them," he said.
"I am letting people out at junctions and immediately I'm getting something back. It's weird.
"I'm the biggest fan of the Muppets and I got a Muppet made of me - I mean, what more could you ask for? All my ambitions are being fulfilled."
Ryan's morning show on the airwaves has seen a rise of 1,000, according to the latest JNLR figures and the Montrose-based broadcaster is delighted:
"Things are going nicely and I'm glad, the radio feels good - it feels better.
"It was a scintilla, a whisker but a welcome whisker. 2011 was a bumpy ride but things feel better, even the Late Late."
The anchor, who had a stint in the UK over Christmas covering for Ken Bruce on Radio 2, hinted there may be a return to the Beeb in the summer. "It's very possible but nothing is confirmed," he teased.