Saturday 23 September 2017

'I'd love to take The Late Late Show out on the road' - Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy
Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy aims to take The Late Late Show on the road nationwide for his forthcoming 10th season at the helm.

He wants it to be filmed in different towns around the country to celebrate his decade of fronting the long-running chat show.

"We've never taken The Late Late Show out of RTE in all the years because I landed on the show pretty much at recession time and that financially wasn't a runner," he said.

The presenter, who is often out and about with his radio show, feels it is high time to take a similar approach with the viewers.

"I take my radio show out a lot, and I love it," he said. "It's really important to see as much of the country, to get a sense of the people we work with and the people that we're working for.

"That is to say, the people that are watching, who read the RTE Guide, who listen to the radio," he said.

"Think about it, next year is my 10th season," he said.

"There's no reason why we shouldn't celebrate.

"But I would love to turn it into a big Mardi Gras of a show some night somewhere special," he told RTE Entertainment.

Tubridy has hosted just one segment of the chat show outside the RTE studio before, when he flew to London last year to interview rock legend Bruce Springsteen. The Late Late Show's 59th season premiered last night, with Tubridy joined by hurler Henry Shefflin, band Picture This and former Operation Transformation star Dr Eva Orsmond.

The 2018-2019 season will see the broadcaster match former host Pat Kenny's tenure of 10 years in charge. However, he is still a long way from matching Gay Byrne's 36 years.

The father-of-two shows no signs of slowing down and said previously he thinks presenting the show for 15 years "sounded good" but also acknowledged he may go "beyond that" if RTE want him to.

It emerged in recent weeks that the 44-year-old is still RTE's highest-paid broadcaster, earning €495,000 in 2015 for his efforts on The Late Late Show and RTE Radio One. He accepted that people were curious about his salary - and had a right to know.

"It is perfectly legitimate and fair," he added.

RTE Director General Dee Forbes has warned staff that "painful choices" will have to be made in the coming weeks as the station cuts 250 staff posts through voluntary redundancies and an early retirement scheme.

"Our financial situation requires us to reduce costs and employee numbers," she said.

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