'You can’t just keep inviting people that you agree with on' - Ryan Tubridy responds to Katie Hopkins controversy
Ryan Tubridy has responded to the online backlash against Katie Hopkins' upcoming appearance on The Late Late Show tonight.
On his RTE Radio One show, Tubridy said: “[There has been] a lot of irritation about Katie Hopkins being on the Late Late Show tonight. Mostly, actually pretty much all [of it] online. A controversial guest, no doubt about it; it has been a controversial week.
“You really can’t just invite people on programmes like this or on The Late Late Show, you can’t just keep inviting people that you agree with on.
“You need to have some class of conversation regardless of how robust it is. There is a free speech issue, isn’t there? On both sides of the argument.”
People have expressed their outrage on social media. So far RTÉ has received 676 emails of complaint about the controversial guest.
Many viewers and fans of the show felt the national broadcaster should not be giving Hopkins such a prominent platform.
Morning: The media need to address their role in allowing racist populism to spread— Conor Graham (@conorjgraham) November 9, 2016
Afternoon: Katie Hopkins booked for the Late Late Show
RTÉ are giving Katie Hopkins a platform this Friday on the Late Late. This is EXACTLY the kinda thing we need to stop. It only hurts people.— Conor Smith (@conorsmith) November 9, 2016
For the easily confused: not watching the Late Late when Katie Hopkins is on isn’t an impingement of free speech, it’s a channel change.— Damien Owens (@OwensDamien) November 10, 2016
Pat Kenny Tonight had Leo Sherlock on. Friday night, it's Katie Hopkins on the Late Late Show. Stormfront booked for Ray D'Arcy on Saturday?— Brian Lloyd (@BrianMLloyd) November 10, 2016
Please consider sending an email of complaint to RTÉ about Katie Hopkins appearing on the Late Late show! The email is firstname.lastname@example.org pic.twitter.com/5WpEWetnUE— alexandra (@alexdalton97) November 9, 2016
Complain to RTE and The Late Late Show about Katie Hopkins. But then make sure you don't watch the bloody thing!— Dean Van Nguyen (@deanvannguyen) November 9, 2016
What I don't get is, Katie Hopkins was on the Late Late not that long ago, and after criticism about lack of female guests, they invite HER?— Zoë Alicia (@ZoeAlicia101) November 10, 2016
Trump gets into the White House, Katie Hopkins to appear on the late late show. Will the madness ever end— Mick McGuire (@DjMakG) November 9, 2016
Katie Hopkins on the Late Late is good actually, it's like when you infect yourself with a disease so that you can try to cure the disease— Colm (@emordino) November 10, 2016
After reading messages from both supporters and critics of The Late Late Show interview, he added: “She certainly will not go unchallenged and it will be a robust conversation to say the least.”