Saturday 16 December 2017

Ninety complaints over risque, 'car crash' Valentines Late Late - RTE

Katie Hopkins kisses an audience member on the Late Late
Katie Hopkins kisses an audience member on the Late Late

By Laura Larkin and Elaine McCahill

RTE has confirmed that it received 90 complaints about Friday's Late Late Show.

It was earlier confirmed that boisterous audience members were given no more alcohol than usual. 

Viewers took to social media to question whether those sitting in the audience were drinking before the broadcast but a spokesperson for RTE confirmed that guests received the standard amount of refreshments on the night.

"As with every show, members of the audience are offered a small amount of complimentary refreshments (alcohol and non-alcohol) before the show," she said.

"The standard amount of refreshments were offered to Friday night's audience."

An audience member told the Herald that those who opted for alcohol were given just a small serving of wine and added that everyone seemed to enjoy the atmosphere in studio. This evening, RTE confirmed that it had received 53 calls complaining about the show, and 37 emails.

Host Ryan Tubridy was joined on Friday by a number of well-known faces including former rugby player Ronan O'Gara, music boss Louis Walsh and controversial columnist Katie Hopkins.

For the weekend that was in it the crowd was made up of single people.

"The Late Late Show broadcast a St Valentine's special on Friday night. With 200 single people it's fair to say that love and excitement was in the air," the spokesperson said.

The show caused a mixed reaction online with some describing the show as 'car-crash TV'. Opinion was split, however, as many found the show funny and enjoyable.

The romantic theme of the Friday the 13th show saw a trio of 'dates' as three men competed for the affections of one woman.

Outspoken columnist Katie Hopkins was jokingly propositioned by an audience member on the night and even enjoyed a brief birthday peck on the lips from one man sitting in the studio.

Rugby coach Ronan O'Gara caused a stir when he joked with Ryan about his relations with his wife Jessica.

"I wouldn't be nervous getting up on Jessica but I would be nervous kicking a ball," he quipped to the audience's amusement.

He has since apologised.

Musician Dickie Rock also made an appearance on the show, bizarrely turning up to sing with plasters on his throat. Angela Bermudo also joined Ryan on the recently re-designed set to debate the merits of a website which allows older men (sugar daddies) to meet young women who are open to the idea of a platonic relationship in exchange for money and gifts.

An anonymous Irish 'sugar baby' was featured on the show and was referred to by the host as 'Laura'.

Ms Bermudo, however, let her real first name slip while chatting. RTE said that the young woman in question had not been in touch over the slip-up.

hnews@herald.ie

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