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Gay Byrne defends Late Late Show party

Published 04/06/2012

Broadcasting legend Gay Byrne has hit out at claims that a party to mark the 50th anniversary of the world's longest-running chat show turned into a massive booze-up.

The original presenter of RTE's The Late Late Show said there was "nothing wrong with having a celebratory drink".

He scotched the idea that it was a Late Late lock-in. "The notion that we were drinking all night is ridiculous nonsense," he blasted.

"The after-show get-together was tremendous fun," the 77-year-old told the Irish Daily Star.

"It was a fantastic night celebrating a worldwide television phenomenon and I think my RTE colleagues and guests had every right to celebrate it."

There has been a huge amount of speculation about the behind-the scenes celebrations of last Friday night's anniversary show. Guests included Ulster Hollywood superstar Liam Neeson, who appeared relaxed chatting to the show's current host, Ryan Tubridy. Singer Bono even commented during the show that: "There's quite a good party on back there."

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