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50 year old Late Late Show is one part too long, says host Ryan Tubridy


Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy

RYAN Tubridy thinks his own Late Late Show is too long.

Speaking to the RTE Guide ahead of this Friday’s 50th anniversary celebrations, he criticised the Late, Late for being a four-part ‘‘sprawl’’.

He told the magazine:

‘‘I don’t know anyone who could stay the course that long for a chat show.

‘’I’ll be honest, I reckon it’s too long by a part. It should be a three-part show, a lean mean fighting machine.’’

On Friday Tubridy is joined by his predecessors Gay Byrne and Pat Kenny to celebrate their 50 years presiding over one of the world’s longest-running TV shows.

Liam Neeson, Tommy Tiernan nd Daniel O’Donnell are among the guests on the special show.

According to RTE, Friday night’s audience will comprise of “people who have made the Late Late Show the most successful and watched chat show in Ireland over the past 50 years”.

The Late Late Show first went on air on Saturday, 6 July 1962, but was moved to Friday nights in September 1986.