Monday 11 December 2017

Laura in a spin over Hopkins' 'Late Late' slot

Falling out: 'Strictly' star Laura Whitmore, pictured with dance partner Giovanni Pernice, complained about Katie Hopkins being given airtime on 'The Late Late Show' Photo: Guy Levy
Falling out: 'Strictly' star Laura Whitmore, pictured with dance partner Giovanni Pernice, complained about Katie Hopkins being given airtime on 'The Late Late Show' Photo: Guy Levy
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

TV presenter Laura Whitmore yesterday lashed out at The Late Late Show and Friday night's controversial star guest, Katie Hopkins.

The Wicklow-born star of Strictly Come Dancing was infuriated by the decision to give Hopkins airtime.

Katie Hopkins Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
Katie Hopkins Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

RTE received more than 1,300 emails complaining about the decision to invite her on to its flagship show.

Yesterday, Whitmore tweeted a statement revealing why she was angry.

"I was booked to go on The Late Late Show a year ago to talk about my child sponsorship with Plan Ireland (I've sponsored a little girl for six years in the Philippines).

"I had made a trip a month before to raise awareness of the children, especially females, taken out of school too young to support their families. It was cancelled last minute and I was informed the charity had been told by the producer they don't like doing those 'charity pieces'.

"It angers me that certain other people who don't need such a platform are given it to spread negativity and absolute nonsense. It leaves me with little faith in the world."

Hopkins praised the election of Donald Trump: "What we needed in America was someone who was going to have a strong lead, who was going to stand up for white people, as well as black people."

Addressing Trump's attitude to women, she told host Ryan Tubridy: "Listen sweetie, I'd rather be grabbed by the p***y than have a p***y for president."

Fellow Late Late guest Colette Browne responded: "I think it is important to say first that real men don't sexually assault women.

"Real men don't grab women and real men don't behave like that."

A station spokesman said last night: "The Late Late Show does not comment on editorial decisions."

However, sources close to the show pointed to a number of recent charity-related items, including an appearance by Johnny Sexton to promote Debra Ireland.

Sunday Independent

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