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The 48-year-old explained that spending too much time online was the real reason for his departure

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RTÉ television and radio host Ryan Tubridy

RTÉ television and radio host Ryan Tubridy

RTÉ television and radio host Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy has responded to rumours that he was “bullied” off Twitter.

The Late Late Show host left the social media platform a few years back and maintains that it was one of the best decisions he has ever made.

At the time, there was speculation that he shut down his account because of online negativity and trolls, but the 48-year-old dismissed these rumours and explained that spending too much time online was the real reason for his departure.

Speaking on his RTÉ Radio 1 show, he said: “I’ve often said that the lovely thing about being online is that you can be offline.

“And one of the best things I ever did, in terms of online presence coming or going, was to leave Twitter, which I did a few years ago.

“Because I remember at the time my daughter said, ‘I can’t believe you’re on the phone again.’ 

“I said, ‘Gosh yeah, I’m on my phone too much.’ I felt [I had] enough.”

Ryan continued: “That’s been misrepresented since then that I was bullied offline, I wasn’t in the slightest.

“It was just because I felt I was not leading by example so get off Twitter. Great. Delighted I did it. I was becoming too keen to see, ‘How did that do?’, or whatever.

“It was a moment of self realisation if you like, self-awareness, so that was great.”

The RTÉ star added that while he still enjoys using social media, it’s important to set boundaries for yourself.

“I’m not anti-online. I’m still on Instagram so this isn’t a rant against online. It’s just different,” he said.

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His comments come as he made his grand return to the airwaves after a three-week break, which he spent touring the country with his daughters Ella (22) and Julia (16).

He said: “You’ll be glad to know the first week of my time off was just golden sunshine. And the country shone.

“It was beautiful everywhere we went. The sea looked gorgeous, the people were red, the rest of us were just enjoying ourselves and the place was alive, it was like it had come alive again after that awful shadow that had been cast over the country for so long.

“Businesses were booming. There were drinks outside and outside dining was working out a treat and everyone seemed to be doing a wonderful job,” he added.

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