Tonight's big switch-off: RTÉ receives over 1,131 complaints about upcoming Katie Hopkins appearance on Late Late Show
Published 10/11/2016 | 21:55
RTÉ have received over 1,000 complaints about controversial columnist Katie Hopkins' appearance on this Friday’s Late Late Show.
So far RTÉ has received over 1,131 emails critical of the decision to feature Hopkins as a guest.
Hopkins, who is due to talk about her support of US President Elect Donald Trump, announced on Twitter that she would be appearing on the programme.
Many viewers and fans of the show felt the national broadcaster should not be giving Hopkins such a prominent platform.
Morning: The media need to address their role in allowing racist populism to spread— Conor Graham (@conorjgraham) November 9, 2016
Afternoon: Katie Hopkins booked for the Late Late Show
RTÉ are giving Katie Hopkins a platform this Friday on the Late Late. This is EXACTLY the kinda thing we need to stop. It only hurts people.— Conor Smith (@conorsmith) November 9, 2016
For the easily confused: not watching the Late Late when Katie Hopkins is on isn’t an impingement of free speech, it’s a channel change.— Damien Owens (@OwensDamien) November 10, 2016
Pat Kenny Tonight had Leo Sherlock on. Friday night, it's Katie Hopkins on the Late Late Show. Stormfront booked for Ray D'Arcy on Saturday?— Brian Lloyd (@BrianMLloyd) November 10, 2016
Please consider sending an email of complaint to RTÉ about Katie Hopkins appearing on the Late Late show! The email is email@example.com pic.twitter.com/5WpEWetnUE— alexandra (@alexdalton97) November 9, 2016
Complain to RTE and The Late Late Show about Katie Hopkins. But then make sure you don't watch the bloody thing!— Dean Van Nguyen (@deanvannguyen) November 9, 2016
What I don't get is, Katie Hopkins was on the Late Late not that long ago, and after criticism about lack of female guests, they invite HER?— Zoë Alicia (@ZoeAlicia101) November 10, 2016
Trump gets into the White House, Katie Hopkins to appear on the late late show. Will the madness ever end— Mick McGuire (@DjMakG) November 9, 2016
Katie Hopkins on the Late Late is good actually, it's like when you infect yourself with a disease so that you can try to cure the disease— Colm (@emordino) November 10, 2016
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Yesterday, Ryan Tubridy explained why Hopkins had been chosen; “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.
“Katie Hopkins does a job, she comes on, she expresses an opinion that is contrary and difficult but it starts a conversation.”
RTE also issued a statement explaining why they decided Hopkins would be a suitable guest.
“Donald Trump's victory has been one of the biggest political upsets of our time,” a statement read.
Katie Hopkins' upcoming appearance on tonight's Late Late has caused some controversy
“Donald Trump himself expressed many controversial views during the campaign and is now President Elect.
“Katie Hopkins is one of his most vocal supporters in the UK. She'll be giving her take on why his message resonated with American voters, and her promise to move to America in the event of a Trump victory.
“The American election and its aftermath has been and will continue to be covered extensively across of range of RTÉ's output.”
Hopkins has appeared three times on the Late Late Show since 2014 - once to discuss obesity in which she described overweight people as "fatties".
Yesterday Ryan Tubridy launched new charity CD 'As seen on The Late Late Show' in RTÉ.
The double album features more than 40 music acts that have performed on RTÉ’s flagship show over the past ten years.
Some of the stars on the album are U2, Michael Bublé, Robbie Williams, Ellie Goulding, One Direction, Josh Groban, The Script, and 5 Seconds of Summer.
It also includes Ed Sheeran’s ‘as Gaeilge’ version of his hit ‘Thinking Out Loud’.
All proceeds from the sales will go to the St Vincent de Paul.