Dustin the Turkey has said he forgot how much he missed The Den and said it feels "absolutely brilliant" to have brought the show back. 

Last Sunday Dustin joined back up with Ray D'Arcy and Zig & Zag for a triumphant return to our television screens on RTÉ One.

"I have to say we broadcast last Sunday, we went out live, and it was absolutely brilliant," Dustin told the Today show.

"I forgot how much I missed The Den and the boys and girls, and it’s live TV. There's no buzz like it." 

"We just had great fun, it was like we were never away," he added. 

Dustin said one of the reasons the show came back was to "cheer up the nation" during a tough year. 

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During his interview he also started a chant of "ooh ahh Ballina" in support of US President Elect Joe Biden. 

Ray D'Arcy has during the week that he was bowled over by the "outpouring of love" for The Den after its live return last weekend.

Speaking on his RTÉ Radio 1 show on Monday, D'Arcy said that he had received "loads and loads" of emails and texts.

"Thank you so much," he said. "There's been an outpouring of love, which is very moving."

Well-wishers described The Den's return as "perfect timing for the country", "an hour of laughter", "a fantastic decision to put the show on" and "tonic for the soul".  

The Den is back on Sunday at 6.30pm on RTÉ One.

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