'Late Late' still riding high, insists Ryan Tubridy
RYAN Tubridy believes that the 'Late Late Show' has had one of its best years – despite losing 15,000 viewers.
The presenter says the Friday night chat show is stronger than ever after fuelling hours of "water cooler conversations".
"Figures go up and down," he told the Irish Independent.
"The real question is, are we still producing a good show? Is the content strong? And the answer is yes. The 'talkability' factor has increased hugely this year.
"There have been some real conversation-starters. It's a very competitive market – there are 400 channels to choose from."
Tubridy cited Majella O'Donnell shaving her head live on air and Linda Martin and Billy McGuinness's Eurosong showdown as some of the highlights of the year.
"I also respect the job a little more than I have before," he added. "I feel the room is mine now. We have nine episodes left. Sometimes you can feel jaded about the whole thing and a little tired but this year I have buckets of energy."
'The Late Late Show' has been nominated for an IFTA in the Best Entertainment category. The programme will go up against 'Moone Boy', 'Irish Pictorial Weekly' and 'Mrs Brown's Boys'.
"I haven't been to the IFTAs in years, so am very much looking forward to the night," Tubridy said. "I think I'm presenting an award, so that'll be nice."