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The presenter has previously filled in for various broadcasters on BBC Radio

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Ryan Tubridy will host the Late Late Toy Show in two weeks and RTÉ have released a promo ahead of the much-anticipated show. Photo: Evan Doherty Photography.

Ryan Tubridy will host the Late Late Toy Show in two weeks and RTÉ have released a promo ahead of the much-anticipated show. Photo: Evan Doherty Photography.

Ryan Tubridy will host the Late Late Toy Show in two weeks and RTÉ have released a promo ahead of the much-anticipated show. Photo: Evan Doherty Photography.

RTÉ presenter Ryan Tubridy has said that he won’t be at the station forever.

The Late Late Show host also presents his own show on RTÉ Radio during the week.

“I’m 48 years old and, as I get a little older, I think there’s more to come,” he told the Sunday Times Culture Magazine.

“It won’t be RTÉ forever. I will hit a point where I think I’ve got something else in me.”

However, Ryan has reassured his fans that he won’t be leaving the broadcaster just yet as he isn’t sure what his next step will be.

“I’m not sure what it is yet. Not for a few years, but it will happen,” he admitted.

Ryan revealed that he previously considered leaving Ireland’s state broadcaster for the BBC.

“I needed the validation, and I got both proof and validation that I was OK,” he said. “I wasn’t very convinced by myself at the time when my confidence took a dip.”

In 2010 he was offered a role in the BBC presenting Jonathan Ross’s BBC Radio 2 programme for the summer.

Tubs turned down the offer, however, he went on to present the slot for 8 weeks in July 2011, covering for Ross’s replacement, Graham Norton.

Over Christmas 2011, Tubridy returned to the station, covering for Ken Bruce over the festive season.

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He has also covered for other presenters such as Chris Evans, Simon Mayo and Terry Wogan.

Ryan began his career as a broadcaster in RTÉ at age 12.

As a youngster he reviewed books for 2FM show 'Poporama' presented by Ruth Buchanan.

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Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy

After leaving college, where he studied Greek and Roman civilisation, Ryan began working for RTE as a runner on The Gerry Ryan Show.

Later he became a reporter for The Pat Kenny Show before presenting Morning Glory on Radio One. He also spent a number of years presenting the breakfast show on 2FM.

In October 2004 he began presenting his own television show, Tubridy Tonight, before he took over hosting The Late Late Show from Pat Kenny.

Since then, Tubridy has hosted the Friday night entertainment show that airs on Friday nights between September and May.

On the last Friday of November, the show airs a Christmas edition: The Late Late Toy Show.

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Ryan re-enacts the famous scene from Miracle on 34th Street. This is not a Toy Show spoiler.

Ryan re-enacts the famous scene from Miracle on 34th Street. This is not a Toy Show spoiler.

Ryan re-enacts the famous scene from Miracle on 34th Street. This is not a Toy Show spoiler.

The programme showcases the latest toys, and features reviews from children who appear on the show to demonstrate how they work - often with hilarious consequences.

Ryan is currently preparing to host his 13th Toy Show, which airs on Friday November 26th.

“When I started doing the Toy Show it was crazy toys and bikes and it was gas,” he told the Sunday World.

“Then it started moving into more of an emotional event and the kids became more important than the toys. The kids that perhaps might not be first to be picked to be on a team or not great dancers or singers, they were the one’s who had great stories to tell and it became kinder and more emotionally intelligent.”

Ryan revealed that he has nightmares before the annual programme.

“I do get Toy Show anxiety dreams and they are hilarious. I am looking out to the audience and no one is paying attention and it is painful.

"Nobody is looking at me and I’m shouting, ‘lads, lads, we are on.’ And that is my idea of hell,” he explained.

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