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No complaints over risque, 'car crash' Valentines Late Late - RTE


Katie Hopkins kisses an audience member on the Late Late

Katie Hopkins kisses an audience member on the Late Late

Katie Hopkins kisses an audience member on the Late Late

boisterous audience members who attended Friday's Late Late Show were given no more alcohol than usual.

Viewers took to social media to question whether those sitting in the audience were drinking before the broadcast but a spokesperson for RTE confirmed that guests received the standard amount of refreshments on the night.

"As with every show, members of the audience are offered a small amount of complimentary refreshments (alcohol and non-alcohol) before the show," she said.

"The standard amount of refreshments were offered to Friday night's audience."


An audience member told the Herald that those who opted for alcohol were given just a small serving of wine and added that everyone seemed to enjoy the atmosphere in studio. Last night, the spokesperson was unable to say if there had been any complaints about the show.

It emerged last week that Brendan O'Connor's Saturday Night Show had recently surpassed the Late Late in viewing figures.

Host Ryan Tubridy was joined on Friday by a number of well-known faces including former rugby player Ronan O'Gara, music boss Louis Walsh and controversial columnist Katie Hopkins.

For the weekend that was in it the crowd was made up of single people.

"The Late Late Show broadcast a St Valentine's special on Friday night. With 200 single people it's fair to say that love and excitement was in the air," the spokesperson said.

The show caused a mixed reaction online with some describing the show as 'car-crash TV'. Opinion was split, however, as many found the show funny and enjoyable.

The romantic theme of the Friday the 13th show saw a trio of 'dates' as three men competed for the affections of one woman.


Outspoken columnist Katie Hopkins was jokingly propositioned by an audience member on the night and even enjoyed a brief birthday peck on the lips from one man sitting in the studio.

Rugby coach Ronan O'Gara caused a stir when he joked with Ryan about his relations with his wife Jessica.

"I wouldn't be nervous getting up on Jessica but I would be nervous kicking a ball," he quipped to the audience's amusement.

Musician Dickie Rock also made an appearance on the show, bizarrely turning up to sing with plasters on his throat. Angela Bermudo also joined Ryan on the recently re-designed set to debate the merits of a website which allows older men (sugar daddies) to meet young women who are open to the idea of a platonic relationship in exchange for money and gifts.

An anonymous Irish 'sugar baby' was featured on the show and was referred to by the host as 'Laura'.

Ms Bermudo, however, let her real first name slip while chatting. RTE said that the young woman in question had not been in touch over the slip-up.