Tuesday 17 October 2017

Celia Larkin: 'Late Late' host needs to get some backbone

Ryan Tubridy's cop-out on the Dunphy interview was compounded by allowing George Hook to attack Dunphy, says Celia Larkin

You know the Kenny Rogers line, "You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em"?

Ryan Tubridy needs to learn it. Fast. If he can learn it. Because his interview with Eamon Dunphy last week was a lesson in everything not to do as a chat show host. The role of a talk show host is to expect the unexpected (with Dunphy the only thing to expect is the unexpected), handle the difficult, cajole the meek, draw out the debate, roll with the punches, know when to scoff, know when to provoke laughter.

Gaybo's ability to do all of the above is the reason an older generation remembers the Late Late Show as the source of conversation for the following week, partly because of the sometimes explosive debate it hosted on issues that touched the very core of our society, but also because the programme wasn't predictable. If someone unexpectedly handed Byrne a controversy, he knew how to squeeze every drop out of it. Ryan Tubridy doesn't.

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