Monday 26 September 2016

Junior Minister John Halligan 'pulls out' of Late Late appearance

Published 15/09/2016 | 15:52

Junior minister John Halligan. Photo: Tom Burke
Junior minister John Halligan. Photo: Tom Burke

John Halligan has pulled out of appearing on this Friday’s Late Late Show.

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The Waterford TD was due to appear on the chat show alongside Bear Grylls and Jane Seymour of Dr Quinn Medicine Woman fame.

In a press release ahead of the show RTE said Halligan would discuss “how far he is willing to go as the stand-off between him and his partners in Government”.

However, the broadcaster confirmed today that he would not be making an appearance on the show.

"Minister of State John Halligan had been booked as a guest on The Late Late Show for a number of weeks and had been set to appear on this Friday's show. However, on Thursday morning he contacted the Late Late Show team to say that he had decided not to take part in this Friday's programme, as is his prerogative," an RTE spokesperson told Independent.ie

"We are, obviously, disappointed that he is not going to appear but the invitation to take part in The Late Late Show remains open."

Producers have already organised a replacement item.

"As political parties hold their think-ins ahead of a new political session, the Late Late Show hosts its own think-in with a panel of opinionated experts."  

Last year, Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave decided not to appear on the flagship show after RTE producers announced he would featured on the programme.

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