Ryan Tubridy may return to RTÉ following the major payment scandal.
It looks like broadcaster Ryan Tubridy could return to RTÉ despite becoming ‘the face’ of RTÉ’s payment scandal last month. The public support for the presenter has increased significantly in recent days with many agreeing that he should return to host his morning breakfast show on RTÉ Radio 1.
Reports claim the former Late Late Show host will sit down with new Director General, Kevin Bakhurst in the coming weeks.
The odds on Tubridy returning have now spectacularly flip-flopped with bookmaker BoyleSports now quoting 1/2 (from 7/2).
The nation is divided on the subject according to a new poll by the Irish Mail on Sunday/Amarách which revealed 47% of the public thought Tubridy should be allowed to return to RTÉ following his grilling in front of two Oireachtas committees last week.
However, 37% agree that he should return to the airwaves despite the scandal.
Lawrence Lyons, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “Our punters are observing Kevin Bakhurst closely and see his refusal to rule anything out as a clear sign Tubridy is still part of the bigger picture at RTÉ. The odds have taken a complete U-turn as a result so we’re now odds-on about Tubs keeping his job.”
Her.ie readers agreed that Tubridy should return to his job with many agreeing that RTÉ is at fault here.
One reader shared, “He should give the money back and remain on the radio. He is a genuine man and has done great work for charities.”
Another added, “Ryan is a man of integrity. He has worked incredibly hard for children etc. Don’t know the full facts but if Ryan made an error of judgment he deserves a second chance.”
One reader argued, “Ordinary people on the street struggle on a daily basis to pay bills and put food on the table. Absolute joke of a country. Hospitals are in an awful state, and homeless families and he gets paid for being dishonest and greedy.