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'You always get complaints' Gaybo defends last week's Late Late Show


Gay Byrne

Gay Byrne

Gay Byrne

Gay Byrne


Gay Byrne

Veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne has defended the controversial Valentine's Day edition of Ryan Tubridy's (inset) Late Late Show.

Last week's Late Late attracted at least 90 complaints, but Byrne believes an outpouring of outrage is a surefire sign of quality broadcasting.

"I think it's great that any TV show causes a bit of talk, discussion and scandal," he told the Herald.

"Everyone says TV is dead and yet we can't stop talking about it, whether it's the Late Late Show or Stephen Fry on The Meaning of Life or George Hook talking about his mother on Brendan O'Connor's Saturday Night Show.

"The reality is you cannot do a programme like the Late Late Show and not get complaints."

Byrne famously presented RTE's juggernaut flagship show for 37 years and said many items shocked the nation.

"When I presented it, the complaints were many and varied," he said.


"I was read from pulpits and there were special meetings with county councils condemning the show and asking for Gay Byrne's head."

Rugby coach Ronan O'Gara received some criticism for his comments regarding his sex life.

O'Gara informed host Ryan Tubridy that he never feels nervous about "getting up" on his wife, Jessica.

"Well, he is a rugger bugger, I suppose" Byrne said. "That's how they talk."

The broadcaster was speaking at the launch of the Diageo Guinness World War One Archive Exhibition in the Little Museum of Dublin.

The exhibition, which runs for six weeks, details the experiences of Guinness employees who joined the British armed services during the Great War. More than 800 employees from Guinness fought in the war, with an estimated 103 dying.

Guinness made special efforts for employees who joined the armed forces, paying half their wages to the soldiers' families at home.