RTE star Ray D’Arcy has said that replacing Kathryn Thomas in Operation Transformation was “very odd” after she tested positive for Covid.
Kathryn is on her Instagram last weekend to explain that she would be absent from the show this week when she tested positive for antigen.
The Carlow native went on to say that she’s “lucky” she and her family aren’t seriously ill with Covid and that Ray D’Arcy will be replacing her on this week’s show.
And Ray revealed what it’s like to sit in the hot seat for a week.
He said on RTE Radio 1: “I had the weirdest weekend ever because I found myself in a place called Crossrae outside of Mullagh in Co Cavan.
“The reason I was there was that Kathryn Thomas wasn’t available to do what she had to do on Saturday because of some Covid situation.
“I had to step into something very odd.
“I have been following Operation Transformation for many years and have been a radio partner for many years.
“And then you find yourself standing in the same place in the studio, where Kathryn is normal and always has been and no one else has ever been there and suddenly you’re there.
“So it was pretty bizarre. There was Karl and Aoife and Sumi and Eddie and then we met all the leaders – Sarah, Katie, Kathleen, Stefano and John.”
However, Ray said that Kathryn will still join the show as a voiceover.
He added: “It’s called Cross Hall and they set up the Operation Transformation studio there for eight weeks and that’s where we were all Saturday.
“That show will premiere on Wednesday night at 9:25 p.m. and Kathryn will be there to tell you the full story as she’ll be voicing.”
COME TO THE MISSION
Kathryn previously told her that she’s excited to see how leaders do after their first week.
She said: “Myself and Padraig felt like we had a bit of a cold head and runny nose like that but the girls, most importantly the two girls are fine, have no symptoms, and Ellie has had antigens. negative all week.
“Unfortunately, that means I’m not on set today to shoot Operation Transformation in Cavan which we do every Saturday.
“So Ray D’Arcy trusts him to play fair when he comes up and rescues us, he’s nice to have given up his weekend and I appreciate that as much as I know the the rest of the group. I can’t wait to know how successful all the leaders were in the first week. “
https://www.thesun.ie/tv/8183271/ray-darcy-very-odd-kathryn-thomas-operation-transformation-covid/ RTE star Ray D’Arcy says it’s ‘odd’ to replace Kathryn Thomas in Operation Transformation after Covid