Ryan Tubridy posts 'selfie' to prove he's alive and kicking after spoof article claimed he was 'dead inside'
Published 23/04/2014 | 07:35
RTE presenter Ryan Tubridy has posted a ‘selfie’ online to prove he is very much alive and kicking after a spoof article claimed him to be ‘found dead inside at his home in Dublin’ yesterday.
The 'Late Late Show' host also said he is not particularly concerned about the article.
“I know some people took it seriously, but it’s satire, they were just having a joke," he said this morning on his 2FM radio show.
“Sometimes it falls flat, sometimes it goes up like a balloon.
“I’m not particularly concerned," he continued.
"I enjoy satire and I’m prone to taking the mick out of people myself.”
Satire news website ‘Waterford Whispers’ wrote that the ‘radio and television presenter was said to have been battling life for over 40 years, and it is not known exactly when he passed away.
The article quoted a fictional doctor as saying, “He may have been dead for quite some time.”
The story went on to say that the presenter would be ‘laid to rest at the weekend’.
It was posted online with the headline, ‘Ryan Tubridy Found Dead Inside’.
The article received backlash from Tubridy fans within minutes of being posted, with many calling for it to be removed.
Although it sparked outrage online, Tubridy kept his response light-hearted and posed with his thumbs-up for a ‘selfie’ on the official 2FM Facebook page.
The photo was captioned; “To quote Mark Twain – ‘Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated’ He's alive and well and back on 2fm at 9am tomorrow morning.”
‘Waterford Whispers News’ was founded by Tipperary native Colm Williamson (34) in 2009.