LATE Late Show host Ryan Tubridy said he would rather pre-record an interview with a top guest than chat live with someone "of a lesser quality".
Tubridy (39) has defended the Late Late Show from criticism over its pre-recorded interviews.
The show's decision to pre-tape segments, including recent interviews with Twink and Sean Quinn Jnr, has been the subject of sharp criticism.
But Tubridy, left, has come back fighting -- saying it was purely for practical reasons.
"That's the way of the world and the viewers don't really mind," he told the Herald.
"We did a couple (of pre-records) because of legal reasons and we did another one because of time constraints.
"I would rather pre-record 15 minutes with Darren Clarke than fill the Late Late Show with something of a lesser quality."
Questions were also raised about the show's decision to tape an interview with Sean Quinn Jnr after his spell in Mountjoy for contempt of court.
However, Tubridy said this was to err on the side of caution.
"I would rather pre-record an interview with Sean Quinn Jnr than let it go live and end up in the High Court," he continued.
"Every other chat show in the modern world is pre-recorded in its entirety. The Late Late Show is live every single week with very few exceptions."
Tonight will see him donning his Christmas jumper for the Late Late Toy Show special.
Read Ryan Tubridy's Celebrity Diary on pages 20 and 21