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Ryan Tubridy to step down from Late Late role when season ends



  • Registered Users Posts: 19,609 ✭✭✭✭Muahahaha

    This is perhaps the greatest day of my life, hallelujah

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,190 ✭✭✭✭elperello

    All the best to RT.

    LLS should continue.

  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 14,872 Mod ✭✭✭✭AndyBoBandy

    Definitely the show should end too. It’s had a good run but the Tubridy years were just awful.

    he has about as much charisma as a mouldy biscuit.

    ….and I’d say it was more of a sacking then him stepping down.. at least announcing he’s ‘stepping down’ allows him to leave with an ounce of dignity.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,277 ✭✭✭✭ednwireland

    Miriam O'Callaghan, I heard a few days ago was leading the running as replacement. God I hope not it will be dumbed down even further.

    turbidy no loss, I hope that rte go left field for a replacement but I seriously doubt it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,197 ✭✭✭✭TheValeyard

    All the best to Tubs.

    LLS should continue.

    Give it to Tommy Tiernan.

    Not Brendan O' Connor.

    Fcuk Putin. Glory to Ukraine!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 168 ✭✭AJB39

    The show should continue but it needs a major revamp and to be shortened. No more serious items, it needs to be pure light entertainment like the Graham Norton Show.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,818 ✭✭✭BENDYBINN

    No doubt rte have a woman lined up……..

  • Registered Users Posts: 30,150 ✭✭✭✭freshpopcorn

    I don't think the show should end.

    However it should change format.

    It should be Approx 90 minutes including ads.

    The odd special could be longer.

    It should be a light enetsinment show. There's plenty of other places on RTE such as Prime Time, single episodes,etc to discuss political/social,etc issues.

    Season should also be shorter. Starter later in Autumn and finish up earlier in Spring.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,033 ✭✭✭✭Richard Hillman

    Ratings were going down massively. Even Tommy Tiernan was starting to outperforming him on ratings. His position was untenable when the number 1 show was being outperformed by the number 2 show.

    I haven't watched in a few years (bar Eurovision episodes). Him being the primary reason. He stunk of Official Ireland. And the COVID era was pretty much unforgivable.

    The replacement will 100% be a woman.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Any example of someone from the “left field”?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,011 ✭✭✭Flaneur OBrien

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,350 ✭✭✭StevenToast

    The writing has been on the wall for years now.....

    Tubridy realises how muck the show is now....

    There is only so many times he can feign interest in the dermot bannons, the pat shorts, the amy hubermans, the vogue williams of this world....

    He is keeping his cushy number on the radio....

    The big question is.....will his pay packet be reduced?

    My prediction is no, he will have a few other mickey mouse "projects" to keep him up at his grossly undeserving current salary.....

    Id say Claire Byrne will get the new gig.....ticks the female box....and turned her previous "hard hitting current affairs" show into a light entertainment show in preparation for a shot at the LLS....

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

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,949 ✭✭✭DenMan

    He was interviewed very recently and said he planned on doing it for a good few more years and now all of a sudden he's stepping down with just over two months left.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,277 ✭✭✭✭ednwireland

    honestly I don't watch much rte so I couldn't tell you but not the usual suspects of miriam or brendan. I'd like to be genuinely surprised by the choice there have to be good hosts out there ? although I realise there is an infinitesimally small chance of this happening as big organisations don't work like that.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,431 ✭✭✭touts

    Who'll be the next Host?

    Tommy Tiernan? Would have been the favourite but he's been cancelled.

    Brendan O'Connor? Probably favourite now Tommy is gone.

    Miriam O'Callaghan? Will have her eye on the Aras.

    Claire Byrne? Excels at current affairs but never the most comfortable with the casual chat stuff so would be another Pat Kenny and I think she knows that.

    Sarah Mc'Inerney. See Claire Byrne.

    Ray D'Arcy? Maybe but feels like his ship sailed years ago.

    Joe Duffy? Dark horse but wouldn't surprise me as there is probably a significant overlap in the two fan bases.

    Emer O'Neill? No experience but clearly ambitious and has been eliminating opposition already. I'd say she will demand the slot of whoever gets the gig with an eye to taking over from them.

    My bet is Brendan O'Connor with a sideways look at Joe Duffy.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    They should give it to someone young - thinking Lottie Ryan would be a good fit. Female, young, a voice of a fresh and modern Ireland.

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,386 ✭✭✭✭murpho999

    I wouldn't agree social issues should be entirely dropped that's what the show was always about and in the past it had key debates about Northern ireland, women's rights , abortion etc that were vital in achieving change.

    Calling it for to copy Graham Norton is just dumbing it down in my opinion and trying to make it something it will never be. I personally don't watch Norton that much as it's always big A-listers with banal chats, nothing of substance or depth and the Late Late should not follow it.

    There's no politicians, writers, musicians or other people. It's just actors.

    However the LLS does need a revamp, should be shorter, drop the misery/disease slot and try to attract more international guests and then when they get good guests on, spend more time with them and let them talk. If you watch how Gay Byrne interviewed that's what he did . He allowed guests to speak and kept them on long, even pausing for ads.

    As for next presenter, I'm guessing it will be a lady, but don't know but would love to see somebody different get it. Tommy Tiernan would be a risky and interesting choice but I don't thnk he'd want it (big long term commitment).

    I just hope they get somebody with better interviewing skllls than Ryan, (so tell me about your Irish background) and some depth as the show could be brilliant.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,990 ✭✭✭✭Fr Tod Umptious

    Like others have said the format needs to be tweaked.

    The days of old when the Late Late was the show that set the tone for the whole country be it entertainment, politics, human interest etc are long gone and never coming back.

    People say it should be more like Norton but I don't think RTE have a personality like Norton or the budget to get high caliber celebrities week in week out.

    But I think they can come up with something in-between.

    Make it more light hearted.

    Keep the human interest stories but get rid of the misery porn.

    I'd bet there are far more people out there with interesting stories that don't include misery or at least where misery is not the main thread that people would be interested in hearing.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,506 ✭✭✭✭yourdeadwright

    No question it'll be a women who gets the gig because we are woke now aren't we

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,852 ✭✭✭Steve F

    LLS Should have ended with Gay Byrne. It was continued for sentimental reasons which is never a good thing. Its been a disaster ever since and I stopped watching many many years ago

    Just my opinion

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,105 ✭✭✭Shakyfan

    Just finished listening to the first play of the new single from my favourite singer of all time and onto Facebook to see the reaction from other fans only to be met by this news! The day can't get any better.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,144 ✭✭✭Viscount Aggro

    They will play the diversity card.

    Panti Bliss, or Al Porter I reckon.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Not too sure they announcing a woman as the new presenter would be “woke”, my friend. This ain’t the 70’s dude.

  • Registered Users Posts: 30,150 ✭✭✭✭freshpopcorn

    Just imagine the fun some posters on here would have giving out about all the middle aged balding man everytime Lottie got criticised.

  • Registered Users Posts: 168 ✭✭AJB39

    Watching Claire Byrne on the RTÉ News channel. Ryan has just arrived in the studio so we’ll find out more shortly.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,431 ✭✭✭touts

    Emer O'Neill. She ticks all the boxes, clearly ambitious, and a proven big beast slayer in RTE. If she wants it she'll take anyone down to get it.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    First off, Hallelujah!

    In 2009 I moved abroad, but was a bit homesick so enjoyed consuming as much Irish content as possible via the RTE Player and some downloads. Watching the Late Late was part of my Friday night routine, but over there friday night was the going out night, so I'd watch the LLS on Saturday evening instead. Then Tubridy took over from PK, I lasted maybe 6 weeks with Tubs and then gave up. It was like when David Moyes took over managing Man United and they went from top of the table to the bottom. The difference was chalk and cheese.

    He gets praised for what he did with the Toy Show, but Ive even stopped watching that too.

    I'm delighted with this news, though one caveat. Please not Miriam. Not just because once a bitch to me on the phone, but I think she's a terrible presenter too.

  • Registered Users Posts: 30,150 ✭✭✭✭freshpopcorn

    I'm going for The Burke Family Children. They could rotate presenters and there young and will certainly bring something different to The Late Late Show.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,506 ✭✭✭✭yourdeadwright

    This is RTE it won't be picked on actual merit , Some women deserve to be in the running it'll be done just to say look we put a women on it ,

    My bet is Emer O'Neil

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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,990 ✭✭✭✭Fr Tod Umptious

    RTE would save a ton on wardrobe too seeing as they all dress the same all the time.