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The Late Late Show (season 47)

The 47th[1] season of The Late Late Show, the world's longest-running[2][3][4][5][6] chat show, began on September 4, 2009. It aired on RTÉ One each Friday evening from 21:30. It was the first series to be hosted by Ryan Tubridy, the show's fourth permanent host following the resignation of Pat Kenny live on air the previous season. Previous presenters were Gay Byrne (1962–1968; 1969–1999), Frank Hall (1968–69), and Pat Kenny (1999–2009).

Tubridy's first episode as host achieved a 62% audience share, the highest audience for a regular season episode since 1999. Irish guests included Taoiseach Brian Cowen, former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, singer Brian McFadden, actress Saoirse Ronan, hurler Donal Óg Cusack and comedian Dara Ó Briain, whilst international guests have included Joan Collins, Cherie Blair, Jermaine Jackson, Kelly Osbourne (and in a separate episode Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne), John Hurt, Ant & Dec, Ricki Lake, Cilla Black, Russell Brand and Hollywood actors Vince Vaughn, Benicio del Toro, Stephen Baldwin, Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell. Former couple Jordan (Katie Price) and Peter Andre featured on separate episodes in October and December. Musical guests included Sharon Corr, David Gray, The Coronas, Paloma Faith, Alexander Rybak, The Waterboys, The Blizzards, Westlife, Christy Moore, Michael Bublé, Nik Kershaw, The Saturdays, Dionne Warwick, Mumford & Sons, Plan B and Crowded House.

The season's edition of The Late Late Toy Show was held on November 27, 2009. It achieved an audience share of nearly 75%, a fifteen-year high.

The April 2, 2010 episode was the first broadcast on Good Friday in 15 years,[7] whilst the month ended with an episode broadcast on the night of the death of RTÉ broadcaster Gerry Ryan, a one-time presenter of The Late Late Show in 2008.

Miley Cyrus's interview was pre-recorded due to scheduling difficulties; it has also been reported that Cheryl Cole will be subjected to a pre-recorded interview to be broadcast on the April 30, episode.[8]

The final episode of the series, which was broadcast on May 28, 2010, coincided with Tubridy's 37th birthday and the monthiversary of the death of Gerry Ryan.[9]

Tubridy's plans and pre-season events

Ryan Tubridy was announced as the new host of The Late Late Show on May 11, 2009,[10][11][12] weeks before Pat Kenny's reign came to an end.[13][14] Tubridy spoke before his first episode of his plans for his tenure as host of The Late Late Show.[15] He declared that the owl was "not dead".[15] He spoke of his delight at securing an Irish sponsor, Quinn Group,[16] which he described as "a nice honest Cavan business", saying he would not be "really happy" if his sponsor was "a big British conglomerate".[17] He also confirmed that there would be a houseband which would feature some of the same members as the Camembert Quartet from Tubridy Tonight.[15] A new version of the theme tune was arranged by Brian Byrne.[18] Terry Prone later commented in the Evening Herald that "the updated signature tune sounded as if someone who had heard the original once was trying to remember it through a hangover".[19] The set, which features a desk of walnut, leather chairs and a backdrop with a pink/purple theme, was designed by Darragh Treacy.[20] The opening of ticket applications was announced on August 28, 2009.[21] Bookmakers began to offer bets for the identity of Tubridy's first guest, with actor Denzel Washington being reported as one of the favourites.[22] Irish Independent television critic John Boland offered Tubridy some tips on being a good chat show host; these included a ban on C-list celebrities, a sense of humour and plenty of surprises.[23]

Tubridy's first episode

“Can you tell me Taoiseach how you're going to stop a bill, for example €9,616 on car hire, while attending the Cannes Film Festival?”.

Tubridy references the excessive spending sprees of Ceann Comhairle John O'Donoghue whilst interviewing the Taoiseach.[24][25]

Ryan Tubridy's first episode included several high-profile guests, including Cherie Blair, Joan Collins, Sharon Corr and David Gray.[26] The 204-member studio audience included Tubridy's mother.[20] The orchestra was notably cut off at the end before it had a chance to play.[27] The decision by RTÉ to feature music from David Gray was greeted with surprise by Sunday Tribune columnist Ken Sweeney, who noted that RTÉ 2fm had opted out of playlisting his song "Fugitive" despite an attempt by the station to target a middle-aged audience.[28] Gray is popular with that age group in Ireland and his 1998 album, White Ladder, broke Irish sales records.[28]

Tubridy's first ever guest as host of The Late Late Show was Taoiseach Brian Cowen which Cowen described as "a great privilege" when live on air.[20][29] Tubridy praised the Taoiseach for being "very frank and forthcoming", something he thought was "refreshing and I think we’d like to see more of it as a people".[25] The Sunday Independent's front page later claimed Cowen was "unhappy" with the interview.[30] Jody Corcoran, writing in that newspaper, said the Taoiseach was upset over his "mugging" and Corcoran himself was upset over the manner in which Tubridy had blamed the Sunday Independent for bringing up the subject of the Taoiseach "drinking too much".[31] However, Corcoran, a personal friend of Cowen for 25 years, claimed he was alone with the Taoiseach when he spoke to him about his "upset" and that Cowen had been "mugged in a two-faced, Creeping Jesus sort of way by a host who was, as I see it, too cowardly to stand up like a man and ask the hard question on his own".[31][32] Tubridy quickly apologised to the Taoiseach on air after asking him about his alcoholic habits,[27] and later responded to the Independent's suggestions of a "mugging" by issuing a denial to the newspaper.[33] He also asked Cowen if he "envied" the timing of his predecessor Bertie Ahern who departed the scene shortly before the economic collapse.[24]

“I read what everyone else reads. People might think because they are my children I would know a lot more, but I don't. I read everything you guys read or see”.

Brian McFadden claims he does not know what is going on in the world of Kerry Katona and their daughters.[34]

The interview with Brian McFadden also attracted comment. McFadden claimed he had not directly spoken to his former wife Kerry Katona for four years, was hoping to gain custody of his children—after a string of widely publicised incidents involving Katona, cocaine and tea—[35] and that he had refused €100,000 which he was offered by a newspaper to tell his story as "they will take a couple of things I said and turn it in to a headline and it will go around the world".[34] The interview was widely circulated by the United Kingdom's tabloid media, with the Daily Star repeating McFadden's claim that "she [Katona] was always ­troubled but it is escalating into ­something ridiculous",[36] Now magazine quoting McFadden's claim that he had not spoken to Katona for four years,[37] and the Daily Mirror repeating McFadden's claim that Katona could not afford yet another court case.[35] Keith Duffy of Boyzone later called McFadden "naïve" to have done the interview and said that Tubridy was correct to have asked him why there was a such a distance between him and his daughters.[38] Anna Carey wrote a heavily critical piece on the interview in the Irish Independent the following Saturday, calling McFadden a "selfish grown-up brat" who thought he was "an innocent victim" to Katona's "mad villain" despite Katona suffering from bipolar disorder and having "a pretty appalling childhood herself".[39] Katona herself was said to be "infuriated" by McFadden's comments on the show.[34]

Over 1.6 million people watched Tubridy's first episode, a figure which peaked during the Cowen interview.[40][41][42] Pat Kenny was not one of these, having decided to eat pizza instead.[43] Tubridy described it as "easily" the largest audience of his career—Pat Kenny attracted similar figures for his debut in 1999.[30][44] These figures made this the most watched episode—apart from the annual Toy Show—since Gay Byrne retired as presenter in 1999.[44]

Tubridy's second episode

“I kissed him on the forehead and I said, Michael I love you and I miss you so much”.

Jermaine Jackson tells Ryan Tubridy about how he said goodbye to Michael Jackson.[45]

Ryan Tubridy's second episode featured an interview with Jermaine Jackson who flew into Dublin especially to appear on the show.[46] Jackson told how his recently deceased brother Michael loved Ireland, particularly County Cork where he lived for a time in 2006.[45] He spoke of Jackson's children and their love of movies and animation.[45] He also said Michael's tribute concert would be moved from Vienna to Wembley Stadium in London and that he hoped U2 would play at the show.[45]

The episode, which also featured guests Kelly Osbourne, the Kilkenny All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship winning team, Moving Hearts and Michael Murphy, attracted 1.5 million viewers.[47] The appearance of John Hurt and his brother Anslem drew the largest audience of the night.[47]

Tubridy's fourth episode

The fourth episode of the season included an interview with Tony Sutherland, father of boxing Olympian Darren, who had died suddenly at his London home the previous week. Tony Sutherland appeared on the show to confirm his belief that his son was not depressed at the time of his death and said he heard of Darren's demise when his wife was informed as they were communicating via telephone.[48] He held his son's medal throughout the interview.[48] Darren's mother Lynda also spoke of how her son had been cut beneath his eye.[48]

Tubridy's fifth episode

The fifth episode of the season was broadcast on October 2, 2009 featured an interview with Leonie Fennell and Tony Donnelly, the mother and stepfather of Shane Clancy, a 22-year-old student involved in a murder-suicide in Bray, County Wicklow on August 16, 2009. Fennell revealed her son had swallowed a one month supply of anti-depressants, had attempted suicide and been given another month's supply before he committed the act.[49] The College of Psychiatrists in Ireland declined a request to take part in the discussion.[50] Father Fergus O'Donoghue, an associate of the Creane family whose son was murdered, later criticised the interview, saying they had been "exploited" and questioning why anti-depressants were used as an excuse.[50]

Other guests to feature on that episode included British television personalities Ant & Dec, boxer Bernard Dunne and American television personality Ricki Lake.[51][52][53]

Tubridy's tenth episode

An interview with British chef Gordon Ramsay led to comment in the Irish media when Ramsay engaged in personal criticism of Tubridy over his appearance. Ramsay compared Tubridy's ears to Dumbo, saying: "Look at those things, you must take off coming down the stairs. I'm surprised you can get through the door".[54] The chef also spoke of his desire to bring Tubridy to one of his restaurants, commenting "You look like you haven't eaten in years. You're too thin. You're like a little windy piece of asparagus".[54] The Evening Herald said Tubridy had been "ridiculed and humiliated [...] in front of a squirming television audience".[54] A spokesperson for Tubridy said he understood the comments as a joke.[54] Whilst appearing on The Ray D'Arcy Show on Today FM to promote The Late Late Toy Show some weeks later, Tubridy responded to the incident: "I thought he was a bit, em, British for my liking. I won’t be buying the books [Ramsay was promoting]. In fact, I didn't take the free one".[55]

Tubridy's fourteenth episode

Comedian Peter Kay made his debut on The Late Late Show, performing "Is This the Way to Amarillo" and "I Useta Lover" and lifting Tubridy off the ground and shaking him about in the air.[56] That episode also featured singer Peter Andre who performed "Unconditional", a song dedicated to his stepson Harvey, and Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh who talked about her twisted bowel.[56]

Christmas edition

A pre-recorded edition of The Late Late Show was broadcast on December 27, 2009, including Louis Walsh as a guest.[57]

Tubridy's twenty-third episode

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams was interviewed by Ryan Tubridy on February 12, 2010 when he appeared on The Late Late Show to discuss his family history of child abuse. Adams and Tubridy also exchanged comments on the Irish Republican Army (IRA), with Tubridy's grandfather becoming involved in proceedings.[58]

Tubridy's twenty-fourth episode

Boxer Bernard Dunne announced his retirement from the sport while appearing in a brief cameo in this episode.[59]

The Late Late Show Eurosong Special 2010

This aired live on The Late Late Show in early March 2010 to select Ireland's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo. The jury consisted of Linda Martin, Mark Crossingham, Julian Benson, Larry Gogan and Diarmuid Furlong.[60]

The five selected songs were "Baby, Nothing's Wrong", "Does Heaven Need Much More?", "Fashion Queen", "It's For You" and "River of Silence".[61][62][63][64]

Death of Gerry Ryan

Main article: Death of Gerry Ryan

“There was such sorrow that I had to go home after I found out. I knew I couldn't do The Late Late Show straight away and that I had to go home to cry myself out in case I did something silly like breaking down on live telly”.

Ryan Tubridy temporarily walked out of RTÉ amid his grief for his friend and colleague.[65]

The April 30, 2010 edition of The Late Late Show was broadcast on the night of the death of broadcaster Gerry Ryan.[66] Presenter Ryan Tubridy was joined by a selection of guests including the show's former hosts Gay Byrne and Pat Kenny, as well as other RTÉ broadcasters such as Joe Duffy, Dave Fanning, Brenda Donohue and David Blake Knox.[65][66] Tubridy said on the show that the "country has lost a great broadcaster and I have lost a great friend".[66]

The tribute led to The Late Late Show's highest audience ratings of 2010.[65]

Grease actress Stockard Channing, a guest on that night's edition of The Late Late Show, spoke of feeling like she had interrupted "a stranger's funeral" as audience members were still in tears when she arrived. Channing alleged that no death in her native United States would receive such an emotional reaction.[67]

Andrew Cowles interview

Tubridy's interview with Stephen Gately's husband Andrew Cowles on the May 14, 2010 episode nearly reduced Cowles to tears. Cowles was on the show to promote The Tree of Seasons, his husband's book published posthumously.[68] Tubridy responded to criticism by later remarking that Cowles had given "a very solid, brave interview and I know for a fact that he's happy with the way it went".[69]

List of episodes

Date Guests Music/performances Notes
September 4, 2009[27] Brian Cowen; Brian McFadden; Joan Collins; Cherie Blair; Saoirse Ronan; Niall and Gillian Quinn Sharon Corr; David Gray a
September 11, 2009[47] Kilkenny senior hurling team; Jermaine Jackson; John and Anselm Hurt; cast of Fair City in McCoy's Pub; Kelly Osbourne; Michael Murphy Lumière; Captain Frodo; Moving Hearts b
September 18, 2009[70] The Nolans; David McWilliams, Gerry Robinson and Alan JoyceGlobal Irish Economic Forum; Richard Dawkins; Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh; Jimmy Carr The Nolans; Frankie Gavin and De Dannan; The Coronas View
September 25, 2009[71][72] Linda and Tony Sutherland—parents of Olympic boxer Darren Sutherland; Alison Doody, Amy Huberman and Victoria SmurfitThe Clinic; Emma Hannigan; Dearbhla Walsh; Oliver Callan Paloma Faith; Alison Balsom; Tony Christie View
October 2, 2009[49][51][52][53] Ant & Dec; Bernard Dunne; Ricki Lake; Leonie Fennell and Tony Donnelly, mother and stepfather of Shane Clancy; Mary Coughlan Sharon Shannon; Alexander Rybak; Sharon Shannon and The Waterboys View
October 9, 2009[73] Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne; Bertie Ahern; Brian Cody; Cilla Black; Vivienne Traynor The Magnets; Jack L; Michael English View
October 16, 2009[74] Vince Vaughn; Cathal O'Shea; PJ Gallagher; Damien O'Reilly, Dearbhail MacDonald and Gerry O'Carroll; Jackie Collins; Mary O'Keefe and Áine O'Meara Camilla; The Blizzards; Lucia Evans View
October 23, 2009[75] Donal Óg Cusack; Daniel O'Donnell View
October 30, 2009[76] Jordan (Katie Price); Alexandra Burke View
November 6, 2009[77] Gordon Ramsay; Russell Brand; Dara Ó Briain View
November 13, 2009[78] Ronan Keating; Chris Evans; Mario Rosenstock View
November 20, 2009[79] Rose Callaly View
November 27, 2009[79] Various children Westlife;[80] Evanna Lynch;[81] John & Edward[82] c
December 4, 2009[83] Peter Andre Christy Moore View
December 11, 2009[84] Hector Ó hEochagáin; Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens Michael Bublé View
December 18, 2009[85][86] Miley Cyrus; Pádraig Harrington; Gay Byrne Miley Cyrus View
December 27, 2009 Louis Walsh View
January 8, 2010[87] Charlene McKenna and Aisling O'Sullivan; Martin Kemp Beardyman[88] View
January 15, 2010[89] Brenda Blethyn; Gerry Ryan Queen + We Will Rock You (musical) View
January 22, 2010[90] Justin Lee Collins; Erica Gimpel and Simon Delaney; Cian O'Daly, father of Baby Henry View
January 29, 2010[91] Benicio del Toro; Heather Mills;d Angie and Azzedine Benhaffaf, parents of conjoined twins Hassan and Hussein Nik Kershaw[92] View
February 5, 2010[93] Stephen Baldwin; George Hook The Saturdays View
February 12, 2010[94] Samuel L. Jackson; Gerry Adams; Michael Fassbender Dionne Warwick View
February 19, 2010[95] Colin Farrell and Neil Jordan; Martin McAleese Corinne Bailey Rae View
February 26, 2010[96][97] Shane MacGowan and Victoria Mary Clarke; Eamon Dunphy and daughter Collette; Jim McDaid Eddi Reader; Gilbert O'Sullivan View
March 5, 2010[98] Eurosong special: Johnny Logan, Dana Rosemary Scallon, Michael Ball, Marty Whelan View
March 12, 2010[99] Boyzone; Liz Hurley Boyzone; Crystal Swing View
March 19, 2010[100] Tess Daly; Brendan Gleeson and Cillian Murphy (Perrier's Bounty) Mumford & Sons View
March 26, 2010[101] John Joe (horologist from The Late Late Toy Show); Derek Davis and Thelma Mansfield Paul Brady View
April 2, 2010[7] Sinéad O'Connor; Jerry Hall Altan; Billy Ocean; River Tenors e
April 9, 2010[102] Martine McCutcheon; Diarmuid Gavin; Mick Lally and George McMahon Scouting for Girls; The Celtic Tenors with the Munster Supporters' Choir View
April 16, 2010[103] Sean Gallagher and Gavin Duffy (Dragons' Den) and four finalists from the Student Enterprise Awards; Michael Gambon and Michael Colgan; John Gormley; Pixie McKenna Heathers[104] f
April 23, 2010[105] Beverley Callard (Liz McDonald); Mick O'Dwyer Zena Donnelly; Josh Ritter; Cathy Davey View
April 30, 2010[106] Stockard Channing; Marianne Faithfull; Dáithí Ó Sé Marianne Faithfull; Candi Staton g
May 7, 2010[107] Jason Byrne; Paddy Moloney Joshua Radin View
May 14, 2010[108] Andrew Cowles; Adele King (Twink); Alastair Campbell Niamh Kavanagh; Plan B View
May 21, 2010[109] David Kelly; Tommy Bowe Crystal Swing; Katie Melua; Court Yard Hounds View
May 28, 2010[110] Cast of Riverdance + Bill Whelan, Moya Doherty and John McColgan and Caprice Bourret Crowded House; Quick Change View
  • ^a 62% audience share, Ryan Tubridy's first episode as host. 1.6 million viewers, the highest audience for a regular season episode since 1999.[30]
  • ^b 55% audience share, 1.5 million viewers.[47]
  • ^c The Late Late Toy Show, the highest audience for an edition of The Late Late Toy Show for 15 years, an almost 75% audience share.[81]
  • ^d Heather Mills's first Irish television interview for 15 years.[91]
  • ^e First Good Friday episode in 15 years.[7]
  • ^f Heathers reached the top of the Irish Indie Chart following this appearance.[111]
  • ^g The April 30, 2010 episode was broadcast on the night of the death of Gerry Ryan and featured tributes from his colleagues.[66]


External links

  • Official site
  • Ryan Tubridy by Tara Loughrey-Grant concerning his arrival on The Late Late Show
  • Image gallery of first episode at
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