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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Late Late to kick off with special O’Driscoll show

Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman will be guests on the Late Late Show.

BRIAN O'Driscoll is to receive  the VIP treatment from RTE  with a testimonial special on  the Late Late Show. 

O'Driscoll (34) will be one of  the first of Ryan Tubridy's guests  when the Friday night programme  returns following a  summer break. 

RTE head of television  Glen Killane said the primetime  show will be a success  – after repeated criticism  in recent years. 

“We want it to come back  with a bang,” Mr Killane said.  Brian O'Driscoll will be  joined by a host of teammates  and coaches from both the Irish  and Leinster rugby  teams, along with  family members, for  the special occasion  to celebrate  his career to date. 

Mr Killane, in  an interview with  the Sunday Independent,  also  promises a “stellar  list” of guests for the  new season of shows. 

The Late Late Show returns  on September 8. 

On Pat Kenny's defection to  Newstalk, Mr Killane said he  was not involved in discussions  in the weeks prior to Mr Kenny's  shock announcement.

 “I wasn't privy to that whole  discussion. I was  away on holidays  so it wasn't really  anything to do  with me,” he  said. 

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He only discovered  Mr Kenny  was leaving the  public broadcaster  the day before it was  announced. 

Mr Killane said he did not  know if Mr Kenny was unhappy. 

“I don't know Pat that well. I  have met Pat three times in my  life, very, very briefly, so I couldn't  tell you if he was happy or  unhappy, to be honest. 

“I have seen big names in  this organisation, and others,  come and go and the organisation  keeps going.  “No one person is bigger than  the organisation,” Mr Killane  said. 

“It's a great opportunity for  someone else to come along;  fresh blood is always good.” 

Mr Killane said that  Love/Hate, despite its popularity,  operates at a loss for RTE.  “It doesn't wash its face commercially,”  he said. 

“We are not in a position  where that is even at breakeven.”

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