Friday 24 March 2017

Laura Whitmore criticises RTÉ after cancelling her appearance to support charity ‘last minute’

Laura Whitmore has hit out at RTE for giving Katie Hopkins
Laura Whitmore has hit out at RTE for giving Katie Hopkins "a platform"
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Presenter Laura Whitmore has criticised the producers of RTE’s Late Late Show for giving "negative" people a platform after they cancelled her appearance on the programme last year.

Whitmore was due to appear on the talk show in 2015 to speak about her work with charity organisation Plan Ireland, but claimed she was cancelled at the last minute in favour of another guest.

“I was booked to go on the Late Late Show a year ago to talk about my child sponsorship with Plan Ireland. I’ve sponsored a little girl for six years in the Philippines,” Laura said on Twitter.

“It was cancelled last minute and I was informed the charity had been told by the producer they don’t like doing ‘those charity pieces’.”

Katie appeared on RTE's Late Late Show after more than 1,100 complaints were registered by the National Broadcaster ahead of her interview on the show
Katie appeared on RTE's Late Late Show after more than 1,100 complaints were registered by the National Broadcaster ahead of her interview on the show

Whitmore went on to criticise producers for giving a platform to people "who spread negativity and absolute nonsense".

Controversial Katie Hopkins appeared on the programme on Friday despite more than 1,100 complaints being filed to the national broadcaster ahead of her appearance.

“It angers me that certain people who don’t need such a platform are given it to spread negativity and let’s face it, absolute nonsense. It leaves me with little faith in this world,” she said.

Commenting on Whitmore’s claims, an RTE spokesperson said: "The Late Late Show does not comment on editorial decisions."

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Hopkins' appearance has caused much upset ahead of the programme, with many calling for a boycott of last night’s interview.

Speaking earlier this week, Ryan Tubridy defended the show’s decision to book Hopkins on his RTE Radio One programme.

“It has been a controversial week around the globe with a controversial election result so we are going to reflect that with a controversial guest.

Laura claimed her appearance on The Late Late to support a charity was cancelled at the last minute.
Laura claimed her appearance on The Late Late to support a charity was cancelled at the last minute.

“Katie Hopkins does a job, she comes on, she expresses an opinion that is contrary and difficult but it starts a conversation.”

Appearing on the Late Late Show couch after Hopkins, Comedian Dara O’Briain commented on the calibre of her “gig” and said it was a strange way to forge a career in show-business.

Speaking in mock-shock O’Briain asked Ryan Tubridy: “Was she controversial, did she do controversial things? Was she naughty, was she?”

“I’m not patting her on the back for that because I think it’s a weird job. It’s a strange thing because it’s a gig. It is a gig like mine.

“People who do that gig and whose job it is to be that person and say those things, it’s no more than a gig,” he said.

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