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Alan and Karl's Hollywood coup

TV presenter Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick scored a massive coup during their honeymoon in America.

The Diary can reveal how the lovebirds managed to sweet-talk their way into a VIP tour of the Warner Brothers studios during their visit to Los Angeles. And they managed to score a backstage meeting with American superstar Ellen DeGeneres.

"They couldn't believe their luck when they went to see her show and got an invitation to go backstage," said a source.

"Contact was made with the programme producers who heard they were one of the first high-profile same-sex couples in Ireland and were on their honeymoon. They pulled out all the stops for them.

"They met Ellen backstage as well as her wife Portia di Rossi (inset). They said the ladies were absolutely lovely -- it just made the trip for them."

The pair also visited the Friends set for a sit-down on the famous couch in Central Perk, which Karl described as "very cool, very small".