Ryan Tubridy has opened up about the exciting plans he has for the Late Late show as it returns to our screens.
The host promises for an exciting year from the chat show, and said that he is feeling more ready than ever for the season ahead.
Earlier in the week, Tubridy teased that the show was doing something very different this time around, and today at the RTE autumn launch he revealed the team are heading to England for a show.
“It is my tenth year doing the Late Late Show and there is something a little bit special happening this year that we’re very very excited about,” he said.
“For the first time in the ten years that I’ve been doing the show, we are bringing the whole team, the program and everything to London. We’re doing a broadcast from London city in for a live broadcast, so we’re very excited about that.”
The 45-year-old explained that the move is not just for entertainment purposes, but to take a political stance too.
“The London show will happen in early October, it’s the message that Brexit is a pain and it’s diffuclt but we have really strong links culturally and in every other way so we’re reaching a hand across the Irish sea to say don’t mind that Brexit stuff, we still love you. And we’re still friends,” he told VIP and others today.
Ryan explained that even with Brexit Ireland and Britain are very closely linked because of emigration and it’s important to maintain a relationship.
“We have people from the 40s and 50s who emigrated to work on building sites and built roads and tube stations and that’s that generation, then you have the 80s and now their kids and in their twenties. So there are so many Irish over there so now it’s like let’s go over there and give them a hug and say ‘don’t worry about Brexit, we’re all friends, let’s celebrate that.”
The star is excited but nervous about the big show and promises plenty of interesting guests.
“I will be fully live in a theatre that will hold a thousand people, it’ll be a massive project and prospect. I’m not even thinking about the physicality of it because then I’ll be nervous but we’re filling it up. I can’t tell you about guests just yet but there will be magnificent music, and a great celebration of Irish success, so it’ll be positive and optimistic.”
Ryan has been hosting the Late Late show now for ten years and says he feels more confident that ever in his role.
“I’m more excited this year than I was the first year. The first year I was a nervous wreck and then I was trying to keep it together and then it waxed and waned for a couple of years and last year I thought it was great.”
“And now I’m older and I have more life experience, you love, you win, you lose you go up and down and I’ve seen it all now. I’m going to channel Sinatra this year and just stoically enjoy it and live it and smell the whiskey off the glass. I’m very excited about it.”