RTE has announced who will take over from Pat Kenny as presenter of the world’s longest running chat show when he steps down at the end of this month.
Ryan Tubridy is to follow in the footsteps of Gay Byrne and Pat Kenny by becoming the presenter of The Late Late Show in September 2009.
In October 2004, Ryan began presenting Tubridy Tonight, RTE Television’s Saturday-night entertainment show. Over the past five years, the series has built up a loyal audience, attracting an average audience of over 517,000 viewers this season.
Tubridy, who began broadcasting at the age of 12 reviewing books for the Radio 2 show Poporama, said: “I’m very taken aback by this announcement. The Late Late Show casts a wide net across this island and it is an honour to be asked to present such an iconic programme.”
Managing director of the channel Noel Curran said: “The Late Late Show is a unique programme that involves entertainment, comedy, audience interaction and social discussion. Ryan has shown time and time again on television and on his RTE Radio 1 show that he can handle the range of interviews required of a Late Late Show presenter with both skill and insight. He’s a great broadcaster and we know he’ll make the show his own.”