Bookies slash odds on RTE's Claire Byrne taking up two new roles after family admission

By David Kent

Bookmakers have seen odds tumble on Claire Byrne hanging up her mic as presenter of both Claire Byrne Live and Today with Claire Byrne - and instead joining Dancing with the Stars or The Late Late Show.

The broadcaster took over the Today show on RTÉ Radio 1 when Sean O'Rourke retired and hosts her Monday evening TV slot as well but admitted that it’s starting to take its toll.

“I need to ask myself how I want to live my life,” she said.

“I’m not embarrassed to say it’s taking its toll on me. Of course I realise I’m in a really privileged position. I’m doing a job I love and I’m well paid for it, but I’m not being honest if I don’t say it’s exhausting or that I’m not seeing enough of my children.

So it comes back to that choice, that decision. And because Claire Byrne Live is performing so well in its time slot, the final decision will most likely be mine. That’s the crossroads I’m at.”

Her comments have resulted in the 46-year-old fancied to hang up the studio mic and take to the dancefloor.

Claire Byrne (RTE One)

BoyleSports received requests this week that Byrne would compete for the Glitterball in the new series of Dancing with the Stars with those odds plummeting into 16/1 from 33/1 shortly after they were made available.

The support doesn’t end there as requests were also made for Byrne to be the one who replaces Ryan Tubridy when the time comes and become the next full-time host of the Late Late Show.

Those chances were clipped into 10/1 from 20/1 this week.

Sarah Kinsella, spokesperson for BoyleSports, said: "Claire Byrne is an excellent broadcaster but has admitted that her busy work life is beginning to take its toll on her family life.

"As a result, we received requests on what the presenter would do in the future with a stint on the dancefloor now 16/1 from 33/1. The Late Late Show hotseat is also fancied with the chances of becoming the next full-time host now 10/1 from 20/1.”


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