The Late Late Show will be returning on the 15th of September, and it looks set to be very different than the chat show we’re used to.
Comedian Patrick Kielty will be making his hosting debut, taking over the helm from Ryan Tubridy, and just this week a new logo for the series was announced, as they ditched the long-standing owl mascot.
But these aren’t the only big changes, as the show is reportedly dropping its musical intervals. A source told The Irish Sun: “Everybody agrees the Late Late has to change. It’s impossible for the host to build up any chemistry between himself and the guests if they have to break for musical acts to perform.”
Although the scheduled stage performances are said to be going, officials are still open to spontaneous singsong sessions.
“There could still be spontaneous moments where a guest like Ed Sheeran pulls out a guitar and sings, or like Finbar Furey did with Christy Dignam, singing The Green Fields of France.”
“That was unplanned, and the better for it. The Late Late is going to be more unpredictable and exciting. Watch out,” they concluded.
The Late Late Show’s musical segment helped launch the careers of The Boomtown Rats, Boyzone, Crystal Swing, Sinéad O’Connor, Hothouse Flowers, U2, The Strypes, Westlife, and many more.