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Who do you want as the next Late Late Show host?

  • 04-09-2021 12:48pm
    Registered Users Posts: 19,641 ✭✭✭✭Muahahaha

    Right so Tubs has been at it over 10 years now and the show badly needs a shake up. Vote for who you would like to see as the new host.

    Discussion on who you think RTE will actually select as the next host to follow

    Who do you want as the next Late Late Show host? 130 votes

    Brendan o'Connor
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    Marty Whelan
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    Ray d'Arcy
    Miriam o'Callaghan
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    Tommy Tiernan
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    Claire Byrne
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    Dara 'oBriain
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    John Creedon
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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,641 ✭✭✭✭Muahahaha

    John Creedon

    Regardless of better options I think RTE will almost certainly pick Claire Byrne as the next LLS host, they wont be able to resist the 'First ever female host of the LLS' angle. Miriam will try for it too but Byrne has already beaten her to Sean o'Rourkes old slot so Id expect the same to happen again with the LLS, Byrne is clearly the new Head Girl in RTE. Its also been reported that the commissioning editors in RTE dont like Miriams style of interviewing on radio where she patronises Z list celebrities as if they are superstars which is one of the reasons she didnt get the Today show gig.

    I also think that it is obvious that Byrne has been positioning herself for the job over the last two years- her Monday night show began as a serious current affairs program but over the last two years her and the producers have shifted it massively into light entertainment with a bit of current affairs on the side. Hence why we get all the stupid mock ups of airplanes, pubs, etc. We even had Professor Luke o'Neill playing inside a zorb ball demonstrating social distancing which shows how low they will go. imo none of this silliness is by accident, it is by design because Byrne is trying to position herself to take over from Tubridy.

    Brendan o'Connor might also go for it but he he might also be pretty content with a huge wedge of cash for 4 hours of radio a week. Tommy Tiernan will be a popular pick but he doesnt fit the older profile viewer of the LLS.

    I actually think the best pick would be John Creedon because he is fantastic on both the tv and radio and he has a natural interviewing style that disarms his guests and makes for interesting viewing.

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,280 ✭✭✭✭endacl

    Gay Byrne. What? He’s not available? Probably best cancel it so. It’s run it’s course.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,314 ✭✭✭phonypony

    A selection of guest hosts that can bring their own touch to the show on a weekly basis. Preferably not more of the same old RTE employees and contractors. Attract some actual talent, even it that happens to be some international journalist or actor plugging their latest work. Let them work with the production team for the week and come up with something different.

    It's been the Ryan Tubridy show for far too long and he already has another outlet for his opinionated rubbish on the radio every morning. It hasn't been the LLS since Gaybo left, PK did a decent job to try retain some of the important elements but with RT it's just an ego trip. RTE want to hang onto it because they're too proud to retire the name and the glory of the longest running chat show...

  • Registered Users Posts: 961 ✭✭✭Hyperbollix

    Tommy Tiernan

    If Claire Byrne and Tommy Tiernan could have a lovechild, that would be the best option. Solid on the current affairs and very comfortable with the frippery....

    The meat and potatoes of the old Late Late used to be great current affairs debates and that whole element has been destroyed under Tubridy. He has no interest in current affairs or politics beyond wringing a sob story out of it if at all possible and his knowledge on almost all subjects, appears to be puddle deep.

    As it stands, it's a toss up between the two. Maybe Claire would shade it. She might restore the show to something like the Pat Kenny era, and even that would be a huge improvement over the current dross.

    I severely doubt Tubridy's going anywhere though. As long as those inexplicably high ratings keep rolling in, he'll be left well alone.

  • John Creedon

    I'd never considered John Creedon.

    He's intelligent, has a great personality and is an excellent broadcaster.

    He'd be able to handle the widest variety of interviews, in my opinion.

    I suspect they'll go for someone younger though and think it'll be Claire Byrne.

    All on the assumption Tubs leaves which I cannot see happening

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,470 ✭✭✭StevenToast

    It will definitely be female

    "Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining." - Fletcher

  • Registered Users Posts: 82,043 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    Tommy Tiernan

    Tommy Tiernan, and then a revamp with the following...

    • Cut show back to 90 minutes.
    • Have only a single musical slot at the end but have 4 music specials througout the season.
    • Remove all misery slots with the exception of completely unique misery stories like someone who fell off a rollercoaster, broke their 2 legs, then got cancer of the arms, then recovered after a visit to Lourdes and went on to win a gold in the mens 500 metres in Tokyo would be worth having on.

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,976 ✭✭✭✭Dempo1

    Dissapointing None of the above option not included 🤔

    Is maith an scáthán súil charad.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,794 ✭✭✭✭sligeach

    John Creedon

    Definitely not Ray D'Arcy. He shouldn't be on TV or radio. And not Claire Byrne or Brendan O'Connor. I wouldn't give them the time of day.

    The others on the list aren't too bad. Dara Ó Brain and John Creedon would be good hosts.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,641 ✭✭✭✭Muahahaha

    John Creedon

    I severely doubt Tubridy's going anywhere though. As long as those inexplicably high ratings keep rolling in, he'll be left well alone.

    I dont think RTE are going to push him out or anything but iirc he did an interview when he was 10 years in the job and when asked about the future he said something along the lines that he doesnt intend to do it forever like Gay Byrne.

    I get the impression myself that he is actually quite bored in the job and after more than a decade its a real effort for him to muster his fake enthusiasm. Id give him two maybe three more years at best. He'd probably be happier just doing his cruisey 5 hours of radio a week and then having more time to write whatever wafflely books on Irish America that he has planned next. He had his chance in the BBC and that didnt work out so I think he is just in cruise control mode now while wondering what he will do next.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,641 ✭✭✭✭Muahahaha

    John Creedon

    Id love to see Creedon in the job, reckon he would be excellent at it. o'Briain would be decent at it as well as he is a lively interviewer with a sharp wit, something that him and Graham Norton have made very successful careers out of . But because he is not part of the RTE family its highly unlikely he would even be considered. He's probably earning very good money in the UK anyway so likely not worth his while.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,292 ✭✭✭KaneToad

    There will be a rush to put a woman in the seat. But, in reality, the gig is a lame duck. Its a dying format. They need to decide on a different angle.

    Right now, its a sad story/ song from someone/English 'celeb' selling a book/occasional Hollywood star selling a movie/RTE star talking about a tragedy.

    It needs to become a recorded & edited show. And needs to have a shorter running time.

    Incidentally my choice, of new presenter, would be Jarlath Regan.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,456 ✭✭✭KevRossi

    Tommy Tiernan

    Creedon would be the best of them, but Tiernan's performance on his own show makes him hard to overlook.

    The gig will definitely go to Claire Byrne, solely because she's a woman. Noel Kelly will see to that. But Tubridy will be dragged kicking and screaming out of there. He's on crazy money considering how poor he is, he wouldn't have a chance in the UK or elsewhere, so he'll sup from the golden chalice for as long as he can. He'd be an idiot to give it up.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,641 ✭✭✭✭Muahahaha

    John Creedon

    Would Tubridy be giving up the 495k if he left the LLS though? D'arcy is on 450k and his tv show is gone but he still gets the full fee just for doing his radio show. I bet if Tubs gave up the LLS Noel Kelly would still secure him his 495k, such is the way things work in RTE.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,456 ✭✭✭KevRossi

    Tommy Tiernan

    At the next round of contract negotiations he'd have to have a salary reduced. Though as you say, the way RTE work he'd probably get an increase.

  • Registered Users Posts: 961 ✭✭✭Hyperbollix

    Tommy Tiernan

    I could see Tubridy going radio only if his massive salary was protected. And the madness of RTE means that even if he halves his workload, he will probably retain that big pay cheque. Oddly it looks like in this instance, RTE's recruitment racket and inflated salary policy might work in favour of the viewer, if it gets this guy off our screen's on Friday night.

    Agree that the show should go recorded and have a much shorter running time. But of course since it's a vehicle for ad and raffle money, that will not happen. It's gone from being the mirror on Irish society and a conversation starter to nothing more than one man's country music and misery porn obsession, which also serves as a great ad revenue generator.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,815 ✭✭✭SimonTemplar

    The combination of light entertainment and serious heavy hitting topics should be retired. Emulate the American late night show format, half the running time, keep it light entertainment, and leave the more serious topics for a new or existing show.

    That way they can keep the brand name and the longest running show record while still giving it the big revamp it needs.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,196 ✭✭✭✭Sleepy

    Tommy Tiernan

    Another vote for Tommy - he'd be great fun on the Toy Show and as that's the only one I ever watch, he gets the vote.

  • Registered Users Posts: 35,896 ✭✭✭✭BorneTobyWilde

    Tommy Tiernan

    Tommy has proved himself with his own show which was always a good watch, he can talk seriously on subjects, when before his show I'd thought he'd make a laugh out of EVERYTHING. But he doesn't, he can get deep and meaningful, and can throw in a bit of humor to break the tension, but he also is willing to sit and just listen, something Tubridy is incapable of doing

    Guest'' so let me tell you this amazing story, it started on a Tuesday night and.... ....... Ryan'' '' What do you think of Donald Trump, ''

    Like STFU for a minute you tool.

  • Registered Users Posts: 568 ✭✭✭batman75

    When Gay stepped down in 1999 that was the time to gracefully retire it. Gay was equally adept at light entertainment and heavy subjects. No one could touch Gay.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,153 ✭✭✭Shakyfan

    Brendan o'Connor

    Voted Brendan O'Connor as I liked him on the Saturday NIght Show but John Creedon would be a good choice too!

  • Registered Users Posts: 85,919 ✭✭✭✭JP Liz V1

    Brendan o'Connor

    Sharon Horgan

  • Registered Users Posts: 431 ✭✭Jeremy Sproket

    Miriam o'Callaghan

    I voted Miriam O'Callaghan. A true lady, well composed and carries herself well.

    Tommy Tiernan is a clown.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,200 ✭✭✭Viscount Aggro

    What about Al Porter...

    Is he available?

  • Registered Users Posts: 418 ✭✭Blud

    Dermot Bannon. He's doing a good chunk of shows every year already anyway.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,530 ✭✭✭PieOhMy

    Tommy Tiernan

    Will be interested to see how Angela Scanlon gets on. Potential there I think but of the options given Tiernan is a proven popular host at this stage.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,641 ✭✭✭✭Muahahaha

    John Creedon

    I think he is popular with our generation but some in older generations wouldnt be a fan of him, that blasphemy stuff runs deep for some people and RTE always avoid controversy where possible.

    He may well get it one day but I doubt it will happen on this cycle. In any case I wouldnt like to see him get it, I just want to see more of his own show because it works so well.

  • Registered Users Posts: 67 ✭✭ireallydontknow

    As others have said, it seems inconceivable it won't be a woman. For one, RTE has promoted many women recently. But could they really justify, in this political climate, locking in a man for another decade? But who? Clare Byrne could hardly be less suited. And O'Callaghan is blandness personified.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,641 ✭✭✭✭Muahahaha

    John Creedon

    I think for those reasons alone it will 100% be a woman, they dont want accusations of sexism by appointing a man even if he is the best person for the job.

    In the last couple of years they have lurched to placing females in positions where there already was a gender balance on the program to begin with ie Dobbo & Sharon became Catriona Perry & Keelin Shanley, Miriam & David McCullough became Miriam and McInerney. Its like they are trying to right the wrongs of the past or something. There must be men in there thinking they dont have any chance of going for a new position when they see RTE actively pursuing a policy of gender imbalance.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,116 ✭✭✭✭RobbingBandit

    Graham Norton should host it at some stage in his career