Tuesday 12 December 2017

Flood of complaints to RTÉ after 'Late Late' love special

A real dead ringer for love - Linda Martin and Al Porter opening The Late Late Show Valentine's Special. Photo: Andres Poveda
A real dead ringer for love - Linda Martin and Al Porter opening The Late Late Show Valentine's Special. Photo: Andres Poveda
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

They promised the "most debauched and depraved" night of Irish television, and it looks like the producers of 'The Late Late Show' Valentine's Day special certainly delivered.

The programme has received 176 calls and 120 emails "offering negative feedback".

The national broadcaster has also received 10 formal complaints.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: "RTÉ will respond to these complaints within 20 days, in keeping with RTÉ Complaints procedure established under the Broadcasting Act 2009."

Host Ryan Tubridy acted as "the nation's wing man" and aimed to set up some of the 200 singletons in the audience.

"They are single and salivating," Ryan told viewers at home.

The programme was filled with stand-out moments - it began with Linda Martin performing 'Dead Ringer for Love' with Today FM host Al Porter; there was a 'Blind Date' segment with innuendo-laden Q&As; and a 'shift cam' encouraging people to pucker up.

Read more: Who needs Tinder when you have Tubs? The best Twitter reaction to the Late Late Valentine's special

The crowd were a good deal livelier than the usual 'Late Late Show' crowd, leading some viewers to speculate whether they had enjoyed a drink or two prior the programme.

However, the spokesperson told the Irish Independent: "As is customary with every edition of the 'Late Late Show', audience members are offered a small amount of complimentary refreshments, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, before the show.

"The standard amount of refreshments was made available to the audience on Friday night's programme."

They said the electric atmosphere was a result of the audience being "hyped up on love only".


It was certainly compulsive TV, with an average of 568,400 viewers tuning in.

During one segment of the show, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh discussed the correct protocol when taking part in a threesome and the dangers of sending explicit photos, with 'Breakfast Republic' host Bernard O'Shea and social media star James Kavanagh.

Tubridy also handed out hampers of lubricant, pleasure rings and condoms while Dickie Rock sang 'That's Amore'. Last but not least, Crystal Swing performed 'The Hucklebuck'.

Irish Independent

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