Gay Byrne says idea of revamping the Late Late Show is 'laughable'
Published 14/06/2016 | 07:25
Gar Byrne has spoken out against reports that the Late Late Show is set to get a revamp
The veteran broadcaster, who fronted the long-running chat show for 37 years, has laughed off reports that the Late Late Show will get a ravamp to increase viewing figures.
He said that new station boss, Dee Forbes, would have bigger priorities to deal with.
"I can tell you there would be a lot more important matters on the plate of an incoming RTE director general than sorting out the Late Late Show. In my experience, they wouldn't be involved at all," he told to The Sun.
Viewership figures of the flagship show are at their lowest since Ryan Turbidy began hosting in 2009 but the 81-year-old insists that reports the show will get a makeover is "laughable".
"How could RTE revamp a chat show? A chat show is a chat show. It does what it says on the tin. The idea of revamping the Late Late Show is plain ridiculous," he said.
"I would be a rich man if I had a penny for every time somebody announced the Late Late Show was on the way out, or in trouble, or going down the plughole."