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Ryan Tubridy reflects on hosting the Late Late as the show approaches its 60th year on the telly

Ryan Tubridy
Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy is reflecting on hosting the Late Late Show over the past 13 years, as the chat show approaches it’s 60th year on screens. Chatting with the RTÉ Guide he shared that he never thought he’s be hosting it for this long after taking over from, Pat Kenny back in 2009.

“It was one of the most grown-up things I’ve ever had to do, and I’m not great at grown-up things. But I recall the show went well; the feedback was largely positive, so I got off on a good footing.”

Continuing he added; “And I am still here, 13 years later, which is remarkable. I didn’t know how long I would survive – maybe five years? Ten at the most? Yet we still go on, and I am loving it.”

After 13 years at the programs helm, of course he was asked how long he plans to continue as host and Ryan put to bed any fears that he may be leaving; “I feel I am there at the audience’s gift to some extent and so far, so good.”

“I have no plans to go anywhere. It is just one of those beautiful jobs and I look forward to work every day. So long as everyone else is happy. I am good to go for the foreseeable future.”

Chatting about how long the show has been on air, as it’s currently the longest running chat show in the world, he said; “It sounds ridiculous, but 60 years ago I’d say they never imagined it’d still be running in 2022.”

“It’s in a very healthy place, Irish people love to talk, and love watching others talk. It still had a role in Irish life: you can stream to your heart’s content but you can’t download soul.”

“There’s no other live chat show, as far as I’m aware, and I think people appreciate that. Long live The Late Late Show!”

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