RTE star Maura Derrane has revealed that she decided to take a step back from her chat show Today to “prioritise family”.
It was announced today that Winning Streak presenter Sinead Kennedy would be joining the Today show on RTE One.
She will be presenting the show alongside usual host Daithi O’Se as Maura announced that she would be taking a step back.
Sinead will be presenting the show on Monday and Tuesday and Maura will present for the rest of the week.
Maura revealed that she wanted to spend more time with her family especially with her son Cal.
The RTE presenter spoke with the Irish examiner and said: “I wanted to make time for Cal. I’ve been doing this eight years now and it’s time to step back a little and prioritise family.
“I’ve been on live TV since 1996 and afternoon TV for 11 years. It’s time to take a little break.”
Maura went on to say that RTE was very understanding with the new move and she said that it feels like the right time for the change.
She continued: “RTE was great, they really were. I love the show, it’s my baby. I’ve always been very career oriented but this feels like a natural time for a change, it feels organic.
“Cal is going into senior infants. I want to collect him from school to do his homework. At this age, I’m his friend – I’m his everything.
“I have nothing to prove to anyone, and not just to other people, but to myself.”
Sinead spoke about her new role on RTE and she said that she was “excited” to star on the chat show.
She said: “I’m so excited to be joining Today. Maura, Dáithí and the whole team have been so welcoming and I just can’t wait to get started now.
“The show is so well-loved and I hope that I can bring something extra this season.”
Daithi also spoke about the new addition to the Today team and he said that everyone was “delighted” to have her.
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He explained: “We’re really delighted to have Sinéad on board with us.
“I think she’s made for the show. It’s season nine and it’s a good time to shake things up.”
Tune in to Today from Monday September 21 at 3.30pm on RTE One.