BROADCASTER Ryan Tubridy revealed last night how he persuaded controversial singer Sinead O'Connor to appear on the first 'Late Late Show' of the season tonight, just hours after she pulled out of the programme.
The 37-year-old RTE personality rang O'Connor yesterday after she voiced fears that she would feature as a "crazy performing monkey" if she guested on the RTE chatshow.
"I hope what I did was allay some of the fears she had about appearing on the programme. I explained to her how much I had been looking forward to having her on," Tubridy told the Irish Independent.
"I can't breach Sinead's confidence, and reveal the rest of what we spoke about. But I can tell you that by the end of the phone call, Sinead was aware of how much myself and the 'Late Late' team respected both her, and her body of work."
And last night O'Connor added: "Ryan rang me and was lovely. He completely reassured me that any discussion we had would be light-hearted, not serious or disrespectful."
The outspoken singer had been invited on to the 'Late Late Show' to talk about her much-publicised search for love. But the 44-year-old mother of four went on to joke about her fondness for the media personality.
"Since this is the only hope I have of a date with Ryan, I'd be a fool not to recant. When he sees how delicious I am he'll want me," she said.
O'Connor also claimed last night that she had been asked to pose for the cover of 'Playboy' magazine.
"I'm definitely doing it. It's a dream come through," she said.
"Playboy contacted me directly and are calling me next week to set it up. It definitely won't be full-frontal, and as the late comedian Kenny Everett used to say, 'All done in the best possible taste'."