Patrick Kielty thanks fans for their support following Late Late Show debut

Host Patrick Kielty pictured on the 61st series return of The Late Late Show, 15th September 2023. Picture Andres Poveda

Patrick Kielty has addressed fans following his Late Late Show debut.

The Down man began hosting duties for the iconic series this weekend and received a warm welcome from fans and critics a like.

Taking to Instagram, the comedian shared the sweet gift he was given from his wife Cat Deeley as well as their sons Milo and James, a head of his first show.

Patrick’s family gifted him a shamrock-shaped keyring, reading: “Good luck luck with the late late, love Milo and James.”

Sharing his appreciation for his family and viewers’ support alike, the 52-year-old captioned his post: “Overwhelmed by all your messages before, during and after my first Late Late Show. It was an absolute privilege to step onto that stage and it really felt that so many of you were carrying me.”


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“I can’t thank you enough. Just before the show I was given this by the person who is always in my corner – win lose or draw. It almost put me over the edge but I know it helped get me through it. I love you [Cat Deeley],” he concluded.

Patrick started-off the show strong with a hilarious, yet moving opening monologue. During which he poked fun at RTÉ and the payment scandal, while sharing how important the Late Late Show hosting gig was to him.

His first guests were Tommy Tiernan, Hector Ó hEochagáin and Laurita Blewitt, who chatted about their podcast, Tommy, Hector, & Laurita. Tommy also spoke about his recent ventures in America, Hector of his latest show, and Laurita on her connections to US President, Joe Biden.

Former President of Ireland and fellow Co. Down native Mary McAleese then joined them on the couches. Discussing her love of GAA, her past teaching, and her thoughts on a United Ireland.

Host Patrick Kielty pictured with Hector Ó hEochagáin, Laurita Blewitt and Tommy Tiernan on the 61st series return of The Late Late Show, 15th September 2023. Picture Andres Poveda

Chasing Abbey were the first musical guests of the new season.

Which was followed by a chat with The 2 Johnnies, who discussed their upcoming show. Johnny Smacks also opened up about married life, and the pair also chatted about their travels.

Patrick’s final guest was footballer James McClean, who spoke on his recent move to Wrexham A.F.C. – the Welsh football team owned by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. As well as family life, abusive football fans, James and his daughter’s recent autism diagnosis, and his 100th cap milestone.

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