Will Baz Ashmawy take on the Late Late Show gig?

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Baz Ahmawy has finally weighed in on whether he will be taking over as host of the Late Late Show following Ryan Tubridy’s departure in May.

The DIY SOS host shut down the rumours floating about that he would be taking over the slot alongside Lucy Kennedy saying nobody had been in contact with him about the hosting gig.

With Ryan leaving the beloved Irish talk show in May following a 14-year tenure, rumours have been rife about who would be taking over the hosting gig.


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When speaking to the Sunday World, Baz revealed: “I love Lucy and I don’t know about her, but no one has spoken to me about it. I think it’s just people having a little bit of fun and mixing up the bookies a bit.”

He continued on noting that everybody’s just a little excited at the prospect of a new host and are as a result throwing anybody they would likes name into the ring whether they are a likely candidate or not

“I think people are just very excited at the moment about The Late Late Show. It seems to be the main obsession and I think they’re just throwing everybody’s name into the mix.”


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There are many well-known names in the running including Claire Byrne, Tommy Tiernan, Sarah McInerney and Doireann Garrihy with Baz stating that every single one of them are “great candidates”.

He mentioned that a lot of the candidates are friends of his and that he’s delighted that there’s a strong group of women but also noted “there are lots of great lads too”.

Lucy Kennedy hasn’t spoken out about the Late Late Show co-hosting rumours, but the pair would definitely work well together having hosted an RTÉ Radio Breakfast Show together in the past.


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Claire Byrne is currently the favourite to take the slot, although she commented in a recent interview that she gave up her weekly slot in favour of her new game show hosting gig as it was too much on her schedule: “That time slot was very demanding in terms of the rest of my schedule.

“This is very different in that you can record these shows in a block together, so it is not placing a demand on you every single week>”


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