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Lucy Kennedy

Lucy Kennedy

Lucy Kennedy

LUCY Kennedy will make a surprise return to RTÉ Television after a seven-year absence. 

The Sunday World has learned that the popular Virgin Media star, who has dominated the station’s line-up since joining in 2013, will return to the TV station where she made her name.

According to a series insider, Lucy has been booked to appear as one of the high-profile guests on the new RTÉ chat show, Deirdre O’Kane Talks Funny.

The debut episode of the comic’s new Saturday night offering, mooted to be replacing Ray D’Arcy’s late night chat show, kicked off at the weekend.

During her first episode, Pat Shortt chatted with Deirdre about his colourful career from D'Unbelievables to his award-winning role in Garage.

The show was well-received by the 433,000 viewers that tuned in with many wondering who would grace the stage next.

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Presenter Lucy Kennedy

Presenter Lucy Kennedy

Presenter Lucy Kennedy

And according to a show insider Lucy Kennedy has been booked for one of the five remaining episodes where the shoe will be on the other foot.

Also booked to take part is Father Ted star Ardal O'Hanlon and comic turned actor, DJ and podcaster PJ Gallagher.

“The viewing figures for Pat’s episode were very strong and everybody involved is very happy,” revealed the insider.

“Look, it is a chat show of sorts and nobody is trying to reinvent the wheel but Deirdre does bring something different to the genre.

“It would be great if she could bring in big names from the UK and America to take part but for this first run, she will be looking at all names from Ireland.

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“Lucy Kennedy was once a darling of RTÉ and is now one of the biggest names on Virgin Media's talent roster and so for an RTÉ audience she is a great booking.

"Plus I think people will be intrigued to see her being interviewed for once.

“I think Ardal is always a good booking and he will be talking about his amazing career from Fr Ted right up to his BBC work.

“And PJ is one of the most understated comics going with an amazing story and a brilliant following.

“I think people will learn more during his episode than anyone else.”

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