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Sandra Mallon

Ryan Tubridy tells the 2 Johnnies he can see his future away from TV and radio

RTE star Ryan Tubridy has admitted he can see a future where he will no longer be on TV and radio.

The Late Late Show host is back on our screens hosting the Friday night chat show on September 2.

But the 49-year-old admitted he is starting to think about a life beyond working in media – but said he got a great buzz about being so well known.

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Asked if the RTE Radio 1 presenter thinks he will ever see a day where he won't be doing TV or radio, he said: “Yes, I do. Very much so. I answered that a bit fast. No, I do... I think that there will come a time soon enough, no doubt, where I’m having had this really good time doing what I have been doing on the TV, particularly.

"Being well known has been a buzz, I’ve loved it but I do think there will come a time in due course where I will be very comfortable and at peace with saying goodbye to it.

“That is something I don’t think I would’ve felt up until quite recently, so down the line if I’m still knocking around, if I’m still welcome on TV or whatever, I will probably come to a decision and say 'do you know what, that was lovely. I would love to do something completely different’ because I’ve had a blast, but I don’t need it in a way that my needy soul did once upon a time and that is quite a nice place to be actually.

“Once the Late Late Show ends for me, it is all to play for. I could end up anywhere doing anything. I’m quite excited,” he told the 2 Johnnies podcast.

But the father-of-two said he won’t be retiring when he announces his departure from the Late Late Show.

“I was chatting to a friend of mine who is in the same age group… and it’s like there is another chapter here, it’s not retirement. It’s actually a complete springboard to something else. As to what that is, I’m not sure.”

Ryan will be back on our screens hosting the Late Late Show on September 2 – and he said he is looking forward to being back presenting “the best job in the world”.

But he admitted his mother used to worry about the press he used to get back when he first started presenting the coveted chat show.

“As my mother once said… she used to get very worried about the press I might get now and then. It’s good now but it can be bouncy but you need to do what you did when the fan was being troubled by manure, which is to plough on through and surround yourself with good people and you did that and here we are.

“My mother used to say ‘every time I see you going on that show… I feel like a boxer’s mother watching her son go into the ring.’ Only my mother could say that. Everyone else is going ‘get in there’ cheering for the other guy,” he said jokingly.

“But to continue the analogy, chat show wise it is like getting into the boxing ring and I love boxing in that sense.

“I love the buzz of it, when you hear that opening theme tune and those drums and I’m sitting there in silence sitting in the wings, my heart starts pumping, the audience start cheering, sometimes they clap in time.

“It’s quite exciting. It’s the best job in the world,” he added.


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