'It's a tale of two Irelands' - Ryan Tubridy hits back at Late Late Show Valentine's critics
Ryan Tubridy has hit back at critics of The Late Late Show Valentine's Special.
It was, as RTE promised, "the most debauched and depraved night" of Irish televison.
The show divided opinion among viewers with RTE receiving 176 calls, 120 emails and 10 formal complaints "offering negative feedback about the programme".
Host Ryan Tubridy has defended the show against some of the backlash it has received from viewers.
"A lot of the headlines belie the success of that show," he told RTE Radio One listeners on Tuesday morning.
"The show actually went down very well and it got 46 percent share which is enormous and which is a very, very good result indeed.
"Yes of course a number of people complained but actually bigger numbers watched it and seemed to enjoy it and the story that seems to have emerged from that programme is that - well to me - it's a tale of two Irelands. One Ireland is full of under 50s who thought it was a hoot and another Ireland full of over 50s who thought a little less of it in that sense.
He added: "The bottom line is we do 37 Late Late shows in a season, one we go bananas and that was Friday night and it was great fun. In another we play with toys and we act like children and that goes down very well indeed. And another one coming up down the tracks will be the country show and some people will hate that because they don't like country and some people will love it because they love country.
"You'll lose a few heads watching some of them and you'll gain a few watching others and that's what it is."
The Late Late 'Love Special' featured a studio audience of 200 singletons and saw Linda Martin, dressed as Cher, perform Dead Ringer for Love with Today FM host Al Porter, a Blind Date segment featuring plenty of innuendo, two musical performances from Crystal Swing and a sex Q&A.
The show brought in an average of 568,400 viewers.