Friday 22 November 2019

Vincent Browne will face off with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tonight ahead of final show

Vincent Browne
Vincent Browne
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

It looks like Vincent Browne is going to go out with a bang.

The veteran broadcaster is preparing to wrap on his last ever Tonight With Vincent Browne on TV3 on Thursday and for his penultimate programme he has secured a plum guest.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will be in studio tonight where he is likely to get a trademark Browne grilling.

According to TV3 he plans to ask our new Taoiseach about his plans for his time in office and what he meant by vowing to represent 'people who get up early in the morning'.

695933790 (SUN_ED4_S01) (Read-Only).png
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Getty Images

Other topics up for discussion will be Brexit, Northern Ireland, the budget and the Capital Plan.

The hour-long show airs from 11pm on TV3 tonight.

'He sent me a very warm, embracing kind of a text and I thought to myself there's a real depth to Vincent' - Mary O'Rourke pays tribute to 'complex' Vincent Browne 

Browne's retirement from the show comes after a decade at the helm of the current affairs programme.

"He is doing so for personal reasons," a spokeswoman said.

"Vincent Browne is recognised as one of Ireland’s most renowned and respected journalists and is known for his no-nonsense style of interviewing and his ability to give viewers a voice during turbulent economic and political unrest.

Fights, camera, action: Vincent Browne calls it a day

Bill Malone, Director of Programming at TV3 paid tribute to the broadcaster's professionalism.

“Vincent has made an extraordinary contribution to Irish journalism and to Irish broadcasting. As the presenter of the Tonight Show, Vincent encapsulated the mood of the nation during unprecedented economic and political turmoil. His commitment to highlighting inequality and injustices in Irish life has been unwavering over his journalistic career," he said.

Viewers have reacted with dismay that Browne, often cited as Ireland's answer to Jeremy Paxman, is signing off for the final time.

The broadcaster, who turns 73 this month, has struggled with health problems and has previously taken time off.

'Stop haranguing me!' - 6 memorable moments from Tonight with Vincent Browne 

Pat Kenny ruled out as TV3 replacement for Vincent Browne

Revealed: The favourites to replace Vincent Browne on 'Tonight' 

Online Editors

Editors Choice

Also in Entertainment

Back to top