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Maura and Daithi beat daytime chat show 'curse' with longer run

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Maura Derrane and Daithi O Se look set for more air time

Maura Derrane and Daithi O Se look set for more air time

Maura Derrane and Daithi O Se look set for more air time

Maura Derrane and Daithi O Se's afternoon chat show is to be extended by RTE chiefs after continuing to defy its critics.

The popular pair are set to get an extra autumn boost when their show, Today With Maura And Daithi, is lengthened by an extra half hour, the Herald can reveal.

As proof that the Cork-based show has beaten the dreaded 'curse' of the RTE chat show, it will broadcast for nearly three hours when it returns in September, starting at 3pm instead of 3.30pm.

Speaking about the programme revamp, Daithi said he was thrilled that the show has gone down so well with viewers.

"It's been going very, very well. Everybody's happy with it," he said.

"There's rumours that we're starting at 3pm in September but it hasn't been fully confirmed yet... but they like it anyway.

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"It's going to be a longer show, almost three hours. It's extra work but we're down in Cork anyway, you may as well go for it."

He said that the repeat programme, which airs the following morning in the breakfast slot, is also performing strongly with viewers.

"Loads of people see the repeat in the morning too, so we're going to just keep doing what we're doing," Daithi added.

The show will finish in just over three weeks' time, bringing it up to the end of May, giving Daithi and Maura a much-needed break before they have to resume work again.

However, Daithi has already started work on the 2019 Rose of Tralee, which he will host for the milestone 10th year in August.

"I'm going to start my summer holidays soon and I'm really looking forward to just taking it easy," he said.

"I had a meeting about the Rose of Tralee and then I was like, 'Go away for another couple of months, please'."

Every year, he goes on a massive health kick in the weeks leading up to the show, ditching booze and eating healthily in order to be in top shape for the gig.

Last year saw him losing more than a stone thanks to a strict new regime as he wanted to give the live hosting gig 100pc.

He even met his wife, Rita Talty, at the Kerry festival, where he was a judge when she competed as the 2008 New Jersey Rose.

The pair got married in 2012 after four years together and Rita gave birth to their son Micheal Og back in 2014.