Saturday 10 December 2016

Serving lamb to the Late Late audience? On Good Friday? That'll lead to a Twitter meltdown...

Published 26/03/2016 | 12:39

Roz Purcell and Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show
Roz Purcell and Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show
Roz Purcell on The Late Late Show
Sean O'Rourke on The Late Late Show
(L to R) Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, Marty Morrissey, Liz Nolan, Marty Whelan and Sean O'Rourke
Roz Purcell on The Late Late Show
Ryan Tubridy serving lamb on The Late Late Show

As Late Late Shows go, it was definitely up there.

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The Late Late Show has been largely criticised for its Good Friday episode, which featured a mix of guests including former Meath GAA manager Sean Boylan, lamb cooked by model Roz Purcell, the strongest man in Ireland Sean O'Hagan, fashion designer Richard Malone, a performance by the Bootleg Beach Boys and last, but not least - the headliners - five RTE presenters on hand to promote the network's 1916 special.

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Last night's show led with five RTE stars - Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, Marty Morrissey, Liz Nolan, Marty Whelan and Sean O'Rourke - dressed in 1916 garb, including a number of fake moustaches (except for Marty's which was all natural), to discuss RTE's Reflecting the Rising special during Easter weekend.

(L to R) Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, Marty Morrissey, Liz Nolan, Marty Whelan and Sean O'Rourke
(L to R) Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, Marty Morrissey, Liz Nolan, Marty Whelan and Sean O'Rourke

Many viewers were quick to take to social media to express their disappointment at the show's depiction of 1916; while others said they felt there should have been an entire episode dedicated to the event.

After the fivesome ended their segment, Ryan spoke with model and food guru Roz Purcell, before embarking on a mini cooking bit - which included sharing calorie friendly Nutella balls and a lamb dish with members of the audience. Plenty of people on social media weren't too happy at meat being served on Good Friday, but it later turned out that the segment was pre-recorded on Thursday.  Tubridy's attempts at banter during this piece fell short, but the former beauty queen was largely praised for her quick-witted responses.

It's not even the first time this season that the Late Late Show has got Twitter into a frenzy with an item on lamb. But the Late Late seems to be incredibly adept at getting Twitter into a frenzy...

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Ryan Tubridy serving lamb on The Late Late Show
Ryan Tubridy serving lamb on The Late Late Show

Architect Hugh Wallace gave an in-depth interview about his global success, interior trends and his relationship with alcohol;, but perhaps most memorably - kept referring to host Ryan Tubridy as "Brian".

An RTE spokesperson defended the decision to not dedicate an entire show to 1916 and stick with the traditional magazine format.

"The Late Late Show has featured several 1916-related items in the run up to the commemoration of the Easter Rising including a panel discussion earlier in the year," they told Independent.ie.

"In addition, RTÉ One has a comprehensive range of 1916-related programming broadcasting over the course of the weekend including live coverage of the State commemorations; A Nation's Voice live from Collins Barracks; '16 Letters presented by Ryan Tubridy; Children of the Revolution presented by Joe Duffy; and Centenary, a special television event, live from the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, telling the story of modern Ireland through music, dance and song."

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