Ryan Tubridy has reacted to the positive feedback he has received about his UK radio debut last Saturday by saying it went "okay".
The Late Late Show and 2FM presenter said he probably wasn’t the best person to judge commenting "One I didn’t hear it, two what am I going to say, it’s very hard to answer that without sounding like an eejit."
However he added: "I just have to go on the basis of what the bosses say and what the listeners say. I don’t think it went that badly. I did okay, didn’t let myself down but must do better and will do better."
Tubridy is standing in for Graham Norton for eight-weeks and he said that he was surprised by the amount of support that he received prior to the show.
Speaking to RTÉ TEN he said: "I was coming off the Aer Lingus plane in Heathrow and the air stewards said 'Listen, best of luck in London today' and then at the carousel people were coming up to me saying ‘Do us proud’.
"And I was saying, I’m only going over to do a radio show, I’m not going over wearing a green jersey! Yet there was a sense from people that there’s a bit of a ‘c’mon Ireland’ job going on.
"I was surprised by that and there didn’t seem to be as much hate as usual on the social networks towards me which was quite nice! I think people felt a bit of loyalty, which was nice for a change.”
Speaking about the reaction by his new audience, he said: "It was quite comfortable.
"I was nervous about it in terms of how it would all sit but in the end they texted and emailed as they would have done on a normal day."
According to the Irish Daily Mail, Head of Programmes on BBC Radio 2 Lewis Carnie praised Tubridy for his first day in the job.
He said: "He did a great job. He is warm, witty and intelligent, exactly what the Radio 2 audience love and that resulted in a huge response to the show."
In response, Tubridy said: "To their credit at the BBC, they introduced me to my producer on the show Alan Boyd a few months ago and he’s a wily Scot who looked after Terry Wogan for years and I have to say, in the course of the last month or two he’s become a friend.
"He’s a lovely guy, he’s a jazzer so he loves that music. He’s a Celt so he gets the humour and we can have a beer together and shoot the breeze so it’s really good.
"I know it probably sounds like faux humility but when you’re sitting in what was [Michael] Parkinson’s chair and Terry Wogan’s chair, it is humbling, it is very big and it is very different.
"Being brought up on a diet of these guys, watching them in your PJ’s on telly and the next thing you’re there talking into the same mic as them, it’s quite a big deal. I wouldn’t have even bothered to write to Jim’ll Fix It for that because I wouldn’t have thought it was a runner!"
In response to claims that he is testing the waters ahead of a move to the UK, he joked: "Yes, I’m off, bag is packed! [Before erupting into laughing!]
"That’s the first time I’ve said that and it’s so stupid. No, I would say...turn on your radio tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock [weekdays on Tubridy on 2FM] and I’ll be there. Turn on your TV in September [The Late Late Show on RTÉ One] and I’ll be there. I’m not going anywhere today or tomorrow."
In response to RTÉ's decision to broadcast the show on RTÉ 2fm's digital sister station 2XM every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, he said: "To be honest with you since it’s begun, my colleagues in RTÉ have been really supportive in a way that another station or organisation mightn’t be.
"That’s been really helpful because I didn’t feel in any way that I was being disloyal or unfair or anything like that. It felt good and I felt supported and not that I was being shoved off with a ‘Go off there Johnny BBC pants and get that off your chest.’ It was a nice gesture, decent."