End of an era.
Viewers said their final goodbyes to Claire Byrne Live last night as the show aired for one last time on RTE One.
After seven years on our screens, the RTE presenter confirmed on Friday that the show was set to end and left many shocked as she did so.
According to The Star, RTE bosses are now searching for an “entirely different format” for the Monday evening slot.
Saying their final goodbyes, loyal viewers took to social media to share their heartbreak for the show ending.
One person wrote: “Nooooo!! I love the Claire Byrne Live show @ClaireByrneLive. Why is it the things we love most take the final bow. Not fair..gonna have my “so not mature” hissy fit now.”
Another said: “This is such a sad day for the people of Ireland. Thank you so much @ClaireByrneLive, @TodaywithClaire, and @rte for producing such a fantastic show to inform the people of Ireland. Claire Byrne live was everybody in Ireland’s favourite show on a Monday night and will be missed.”
Tonight is the last ever Claire Byrne Live. The programme first aired in 2015, before Brexit, Trump, two referendums, two general elections and the Pandemic. It’s been an eventful seven years.
— Claire Byrne Live (@ClaireByrneLive) May 30, 2022
A third wrote: “Can’t believe this is going to be the last episode of Claire Byrne Live I am throwing up on the walls and bawling.”
Closing her final show, Claire paid tribute to her RTE team, guests, and the loyal audience as she said her last goodbye.
She said: “And that brings us to the end of the final Claire Byrne Live, we’ve had more than seven years here on Monday nights and it has been an honour to be with you through some really challenging times for our country.
“I want to say a special thanks to the small team who put this show together week after week in RTE, especially when the pandemic derailed us and meant we couldn’t have our studio audience.
“To the studio crew who were run ragged every week with our sometimes hare-brained studio ideas, but everyone came with us and made the show work, even when it seemed impossible.
“We have always been grateful to the many people over the years who braved many a cold and wet Monday night to fill the audience seats in the studio – thank you for being there.
“And of course, to our loyal audience at home – we know you have lots to choose from now, we aren’t the only show in town, not by a long shot, but you have stayed with us and both myself and all the team are grateful to you for that.
“So for now, it’s goodbye, and of course, I’ll be back in the morning on RTE Radio 1 at 10am. Good night and thanks for watching.”