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08th May 2023

Ryan Tubridy backs Patrick Kielty as Late Late Show host amid rumours

Ryan is leaving the show at the end of the month.

Ryan Tubridy has shared his support for Patrick Kielty to take over from him as host of The Late Late Show.

The comedian is now the favourite to step into the role as Claire Byrne and Sarah McInerney both bowed out of the running.

Both broadcasters confirmed they will not be taking over from Ryan Tubridy last week.

Byrne stressed that she is happy with her career at the moment and is focusing on her radio show.

She also said she wants to spend time with her young family and taking on a role like the Late Late would be too intense at this time.

Sarah McInerney also said she is content with her work on Prime Time and RTÉ Drivetime, especially with the election coming up.

She told her followers, “There’s an election coming, maybe next year. Prime Time and Drivetime will be at the centre of RTÉ’s coverage. Like all political nerds. I can’t wait.”

McInerney added, “Ryan Tubridy has done an exceptional job at the helm of The Late Late Show. I’ll really miss him on Friday nights, and I wish his successor the very best of luck.”

Now, current host Ryan has revealed he thinks Patrick would be a great person to replace him and gave him his support.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio 1, Ryan said: “Patrick Kielty featuring strongly and firmly in a lot of the papers today, with a suggestion being maybe it’s time for another PK to take over The Late Late Show.

“Lovely man, lovely fella, and lovely wife, and a good egg all around. So, we’ll see where that all goes shall we?”

Speaking to, Patrick said: “Whoever gets that gig is going to be really, really lucky. The one thing people have to remember though, is, how big shoes they are to fill.

“You know, I’ve done a chat show before, I’ve done a live show before, it’s hard.

“Whenever you’ve been on The Late Late Show as a guest and sat close to Ryan, you see how he does his stuff.”

Related links:

Patrick Kielty responds to those Late Late Show rumours

Irish comedian tipped as next Late Late Show host after Claire Byrne and Sarah McInerney ruled out

Sarah McInerney pulls out of running for The Late Late Show