Ryan Tubridy can’t wait to “kick ass” against Ray D’Arcy

Ryan isn't threatened by Ray's imminent arrival as a rival chat-show host.

Ryan Tubridy and Ray D'Arcy
Ryan and Ray will go head to head on RTE this autumn

Ryan Tubridy is playing up to his reputation as a “gentleman” this week as he assures his viewers he’s not bothered by fellow-presenter Ray D’arcy joining the ranks of weekend talk shows.

Standing his ground, the Late Late host joked about being set up against Ray: “We’ll want to kick each other’s asses, but you can do it as gentlemen. I think that is what’s going to happen.”

His comments come after it was revealed that Ray will take over the Saturday Night Show previously hosted by Brendan O’ Connor.

Aside from the jokes, Ryan said he doesn’t think there’ll be a problem between the pair, commenting: “I think it will be a harmonious future for the two shows.’

Ryan Tubridy walking in Dublin
Ryan has hosted the Late Late show since 2009

The tv and radio presenter denies any pre-existing friction between the pair, telling the Herald there is “peace in the [TV hosting] valley”.

Any competition that may occur between the Friday and Saturday night shows will be put down as healthy, he insists, as Ryan states no rivalry lies between them.

Ray D'Arcy in a suit
Ray is taking over from Brendan O’Connor in Autumn 2015

Addressing the growing speculation that Ray is being groomed for the long-running Late Late Show, Ryan firmly replied: “This is my show until they tell me to go home.”

Tonight sees the season finale of The Late Late Show, with guests including George Hook, Dermot Bannon and Majella O’ Donnell taking part in dance-off extravaganza, which is sure to end this series with a bang.

Tune in tonight at 9:35 pm to catch the special.

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