They’re changing it up.
Kielty was second favourite to take over hosting role on the Friday night chat show until Claire Byrne took herself out of the running.
He said the Late Late is one of the “greatest TV shows on the planet” but taking over would be incredibly tough.
An RTE source told the Irish Independent that producers want more of a Graham Norton style show going forward.
They said: “Producers want to take the show in a completely new direction and he was deemed the ideal fit for the role.
As Patrick Kielty is from County Down, it’s also a great move for the broadcasters as it adds an “all-island” feel to the show.
RTE’s director general, Kevin Bakhurst, is also very familiar with the 52-year-old’s work as he previously worked with him at the BBC.
The Independent said that the only stumbling block for the new arrangement is that Kielty currently presents a radio show on BBC 5 Live on Saturday morning from 9 am.