Saturday 23 March 2019

Kenny returns to 'Late Late Show' as guest

Pat Kenny and Ryan Tubridy
Pat Kenny and Ryan Tubridy
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

They were once bitter television rivals but Ryan Tubridy and Pat Kenny will bury the hatchet on the 'Late Late Show' tonight.

Tubridy took over the reins from Kenny 10 years ago and the Newstalk presenter will be in the studio to talk about his time at the 'Late Late Show', as well as his recent induction into the IMRO Radio Awards Hall of Fame.

Kenny and Tubridy previously went head to head in a ratings war when Kenny was at the helm of the 'Late Late Show' while Ryan hosted 'Tubridy Tonight'.

In 2009, during his last stint of the 'Late Late Show', Kenny described Tubridy as "a young man in a terrible hurry, desperate to do everything that everyone before him has done". He urged Tubridy to "slow down" and "win your spurs".

Tubridy later responded to the barbs, saying there shouldn't be any competition between the pair. "I didn't pay too much attention to [Pat Kenny's comments]. There shouldn't be any rivalry - I'm going one way and he is going another. He has produced the goods on the 'Late Late Show' for 10 years," he said.

Last year, Kenny advised Tubridy to consider stepping down from the chat show before he was 50.

"It's really down to Ryan," he said. "But for his own sanity I would say maybe another five years, because otherwise there's a chance you start repeating yourself. There's a limited pool of people you can interview here."

Irish Independent

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