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..APPEAR ON THE LATE LATE? NEVER NEVER; EXCLUSIVE Eddie's contract gets him out of Pat show.

Byline: By MAEVE QUIGLEY

FINANCIAL guru Eddie Hobbs made RTE sign a contract that said he never had to appear on The Late Late Show.

And the 45-year-old outraged Pat Kenny by appearing on Tubridy Tonight instead of The Late Late.

Mischievous Eddie, whose new RTE1 series 30 Things To Do With Your SSIA begins on Monday, admitted: "Yes it is true - the whole thing with Pat and the Late Late is ancient history now as far as I am concerned.

"But I am probably the only person who has a contract that says I don't have to go on the Late Late Show."

When asked why he did this, Eddie laughed and said: "Why do you think? Because it's fun."

The Cork-born accountant said he only does TV because he enjoys it. And added he is not motivated by fame or money - just the craic. And he insisted that contrary to the idea of today's consumer, lots of money will not bring you happiness.

Eddie said: "In the show we explore different issues - for example the number of surveys after the SSIAs were released.

"The consumer society is based on this notion that if you buy this or that, you will be happy. And of course it's just a high for a short while and then you are back to where you were.

"Money doesn't make you happy but as a society we are convinced it does. So long as we are convinced of that we will behave in a certain way. Of course an absolute lack of money leads to misery - there's no doubt about that.

"But if you have a reasonable amount already then doubling what you've got isn't going to make you any happier."

Eddie said the new show goes out on to the street to see what people are thinking.

He added: "We see what people are doing with their money and explore every option - for example plastic surgery.

"If I was to give advice of one sensible and one extravagant thing to do then I would say practically if you have a jumbo mortgage, you should reduce your load.

"If you put it into your mortgage then you're saving money at the cost of borrowing as interest rates rise all the time. "So you would also want to look at redirecting what you were putting into the SSIA back into your mortgage.

"But if I was in the position of someone who has their first bit of money and they are tired of what they're doing, then I'd take a sabbatical for one year."

"There are a lot of people in occupations they don't want to do and this might be an opportunity for them to explore what they really want to do."

30 Things To Do With Your SSIA begins on RTE1 this Monday at 9.30pm.

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