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I want to be first female host of Late Late Show, reveals Orla Walsh


Orla Walsh, Nick Sheridan

Orla Walsh, Nick Sheridan

Orla Walsh, Nick Sheridan

RTE presenter Orla Walsh has revealed she has her eye on Ryan Tubridy's job as host of the Late Late Show.

The News2Day anchor (25) said it has been a life-long dream of hers to chair the RTE flagship chat show.

Ambitious Orla, who has been working on the children's news show for the past year-and-a-half, believes it is about time the Late Late had a female presenter in the hot seat.

"I've always wanted to be the first female presenter of the Late Late Show, which I think they are totally ready for - maybe not a 25-year-old one, but perhaps in a couple of years," she said.

The Clare native admitted she would also love to follow in the footsteps of The Voice of Ireland host Kathryn Thomas and let her career take her around the world.

"There are so many things that I want to do. I love the idea of working in a newsroom. I love the idea of presenting," she said.

"If anyone wants to give me a travel show, that would be the dream."

With her News2Day contract ending this summer, Orla has been striving to make a big impression on RTE bosses.

"I'm a complete planner," she said.

"I don't think there's a door in RTE that I haven't knocked on over the past three months."

Aside from TV, the redhead is also a keen actress and admits that she gets the same thrill from being on stage as she does from a live television broadcast.

"Presenting, news, musical theatre: it all gives me the same buzz. So the buzz that I get when I finish a solo on stage is the same as when I go live on News2day," she told the RTE Guide.

"I was a stage baby before I was even born."