Miriam O'Callaghan has ruled herself out of becoming the next presenter of The Late Late Show, insisting that "won't be happening".
The broadcaster announced her intentions not to put her name up as a possible replacement for the departing Ryan Tubridy in a lengthy message released on her Twitter account.
"The Late Late Show is an incredible programme," she wrote. "It's not just the jewel in the crown of Irish broadcasting, it's also an institution stitched into the fabric of Irish life. Ryan has done a tremendous job of presenting it for the last 14 years.
A little news - just to stop all the questions, including from my wonderful Mum 🥰 pic.twitter.com/9nTp5A5baW— Miriam O'Callaghan (@MiriamOCal) March 21, 2023
"Although the speculation about me being one of the favourites to take over The Late Late Show is very flattering, that won't be happening as I'm not throwing my hat into the ring to be considered."
O'Callaghan went on to explain the reason why she's happy to stay put rather than nominate herself as a candidate for the Late Late gig.
"I love what I do too much on Prime Time to leave it," she insists, "and what we do in current affairs as a team really matters, and can actually change lives."
O'Callaghan did get an opportunity to present The Late Late Show temporarily during the Covid pandemic, making her the first female to host the show.
In her statement, O'Callaghan said: "I’ve been lucky enough to present the iconic Late Late Show twice, and I loved the experience. I wish whoever does go for the job the very best – it’s a brilliant opportunity and very exciting. I also wish my heartiest congratulations in advance to whoever gets it – what a joyous role, enjoy!"