Ryan Tubridy defends controversial guest on tomorrow’s Late Late Show

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Ryan hits back!
Ryan hits back!

The Late Late Show viewers don’t seem too happy about controversial UK columnist Katie Hopkins appearing as a guest on tomorrow night’s show – but host Ryan Tubridy has defended the move.

The presenter told media at the launch of the chat show’s new album ‘As Seen on The Late Late Show’ that he doesn’t have a problem interviewing the tv personality, considering the topic at hand.

“It’s been a very controversial week on the globe, with a very controversial result in America, and we’re going to reflect that with a very controversial guest,” he explained, referring to Donal Trump winning US Presidency.

He continued: “I didn’t personally want her on. It was a team decision. Katie Hopkins does the job, she comes on and expresses an opinion that is contrary and difficult, but it’s starts a conversation.”

Katie Hopkins will be on tomorrow's show – and no doubt will be controversial
Katie Hopkins will be on tomorrow’s show – and no doubt will be controversial

Ryan also hit back at claims the show has been sexist towards women, with critics saying there are not enough female guests on the couch.

“I think it’s an unfair observation, we just fill the show,” he said. “We get the best guests we can, some are men and some are women. Put it this way, if Robbie Williams or Michael Buble want to come on, we will take them. If Adele and Lady Gaga want to come on, do you think we wouldn’t take them? We get the best guests we can regardless of their gender.”

Ryan was launching a new charity album today
Ryan was launching a new charity album today

The Late Late Show’s new album, filled with stand-out performances on the show, will be raising much-needed funds for St Vincent de Paul.

The album, in conjunction with Universal Music Ireland, features over 40 Irish and international acts, including U2, Ed Sheehan and Take That.

Speaking about the project, Ryan said: “The St Vincent de Paul is an incredibly impressive charity and a very worthy cause and I hope this album will help them in their work.”

The CD will be in all good record shops and available for digital download tomorrow.

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