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02nd Jan 2024

Russell Crowe joins Ryan Tubridy as first guest on new radio show

Simon Kelly

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“I think you’re just perfect for that place.”

Ryan Tubridy began his new UK job by having one of Hollywood’s biggest A-listers call in to give him a warm welcome.

Broadcasting on Virgin Radio in the UK, while simultaneously on Dublin’s Q102 for Irish listeners, Tubridy announced that his famous friend, none other than Russell Crowe, was calling in for a quick hello.

The Gladiator star took some time out from a dinner party he was hosting in his home in Sidney, Australia, to send on a warm few words to Tubridy as he started his new role.


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Ryan Tubridy gets A-lister friend as first guest on new radio show

“I think you’re just perfect for that place,” Crowe said about Tubridy’s new home in London as he came on air. “I think the audience is going to find you very, very interesting.”

During their brief chat, the former Late Late Show host and the Hollywood star talked about books and their love of reading, with Crowe explaining that he’s currently researching Hermann Göring for his role as the Nazi military leader in the upcoming film Nuremberg.

The two also reminisced about a joke which stemmed from a friendly game of tennis a few years back.

“Have you explained to your audience how white your legs are?” teased the Oscar winner. “They should be warned. You might don shorts and babies will start crying.”

He went on to explain, “Ryan is a tennis player. In that sport the normal attire is shorts. And that’s how I know the power of Ryan’s legs or lack thereof.”

Tubridy added that during their game of tennis, Crowe asked “Could somebody ask Ryan to turn his legs down?”

The host said: “They hadn’t seen daylight for 34 years because I retired from sport at the age of nine!”


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Crowe asked whether Tubridy’s new show was “the losing of your virginity or the gaining of the Virgin job” to which Tubridy replied that it was “a new beginning”.

Crowe added: “I think you’re going to do great things in that town, that town is a fascinating city as we all know.”

At the end of the chat, the Hollywood star said: “Have a fantastic day, I’m absolutely sure everything’s going to go really well for you.”

It has been reported that Tubridy is taking a massive pay cut for his new role – going from €500,000 at RTÉ to between £50,000 (€57,550) and £80,000 (€92,000) at Virgin Radio, according to the Irish Independent.

Tubridy’s new show airs on Virgin Radio in the UK and on Q102 in Ireland, Monday-Friday from 10 am to 1 pm.

The presenter will also host a weekend morning slot, the Ryan Tubridy Show every Sunday from 10 am until 12 noon.

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