Saturday 10 December 2016

'You can’t just keep inviting people that you agree with on' - Ryan Tubridy responds to Katie Hopkins controversy

Cian Murray and Sasha Brady

Published 11/11/2016 | 11:18

Ryan Tubridy has responded to the online backlash against Katie Hopkins' upcoming appearance on The Late Late Show tonight
Ryan Tubridy has responded to the online backlash against Katie Hopkins' upcoming appearance on The Late Late Show tonight

Ryan Tubridy has responded to the online backlash against Katie Hopkins' upcoming appearance on The Late Late Show tonight.

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On his RTE Radio One show, Tubridy said: “[There has been] a lot of irritation about Katie Hopkins being on the Late Late Show tonight. Mostly, actually pretty much all [of it] online. A controversial guest, no doubt about it; it has been a controversial week.

“You really can’t just invite people on programmes like this or on The Late Late Show, you can’t just keep inviting people that you agree with on.

“You need to have some class of conversation regardless of how robust it is. There is a free speech issue, isn’t there? On both sides of the argument.”

People have expressed their outrage on social media. So far RTÉ has received 676 emails of complaint about the controversial guest.

Many viewers and fans of the show felt the national broadcaster should not be giving Hopkins such a prominent platform.

After reading messages from both supporters and critics of The Late Late Show interview, he added: “She certainly will not go unchallenged and it will be a robust conversation to say the least.”

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