Sunday 21 April 2019

Kenny could get Magnificent 'Late Late' send-off from U2

Pat Kenny: promises plenty of surprises on his last 'Late Late'
Pat Kenny: promises plenty of surprises on his last 'Late Late'

Richie Taylor

Broadcaster Pat Kenny could end up with a 'Magnificent' send-off when he ends his run as 'the Late Late Show' presenter -- with U2 performing their new single on the show.

RTE insiders are remaining tightlipped on this week's line-up, but sources say the rock group and actor Gabriel Byrne will star as Kenny ends his 10-year run fronting the show.

A spokesperson for the group said that there was "nothing confirmed", but insiders say that U2 will be appearing on the show -- which will also feature a barbecue in the grounds outside the studios.

U2 were due to appear on 'the Late Late Show' some few weeks ago to promote 'Magnificent', which is the latest single to be taken form their 'No Line on The Horizon' album. But it's understood they agreed to postpone that appearance to feature in Kenny's grand exit.

When Gay Byrne retired from the show 10 years ago, Bono and Larry Mullen turned up in the studios and presented him with a Harley Davidson motorcycle. But there is no indication, so far, as to whether the band is preparing a major gift for Kenny.

Others set to appear on the last show before Ryan Tubridy takes over will be comedian Pat Shortt, singer Imelda May and pop manager Louis Walsh, along with Westlife members.

Organisers have managed to keep a lid on the identities of other celebrity guests, with a couple of Hollywood stars tipped to be on the list.

Kenny (61) has promised a spectacular show for viewers, with plenty of surprise guests. And the National Lottery has also jumped on board -- with €10,000 in prize cash to be won by five lucky contestants.

Another feature of the final show will be a farmer's market in the grounds of Montrose in connection with the Bloom 'garden life' event in the Phoenix Park this weekend.

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