Stephen Rea makes no secret of his dislike of The Late Late Show 9 months ago

Stephen Rea makes no secret of his dislike of The Late Late Show

"I'm not a fan," the Oscar nominee told JOE.

JOE was on the red carpet at the IFTAs on Sunday night and one question we were asking all the attendees of the award show that spoke to us was who they thought should take over from Ryan Tubridy as host of the Late Late.


However, one of the big winners of the night, Stephen Rea - who was honoured for his work on the brilliant BBC Western series The English - did not have a suggestion, admitting that he is "not a fan" of the long-running talk show.

"I haven't watched it since the current host took over. I've a perfectly good reason for saying that," the Oscar nominee for The Crying Game told JOE, adding: "I've better things to do on a Friday evening."

Meanwhile, also at the awards show was actor and comedian Pat Shortt who, when we put the same question to him, responded: "I just think it needs a shift, it needs a gear change and what that is, I don't know.

"I just don't think the same format is the right way to go with it," he also said, then joking: "Who's doing it? I don't know. I didn't get a call."


You can check out part one of the responses from the Irish stars to our Late Late query right here:

Also responding to our query comically was The Snapper's Colm Meaney, who quipped: "Oh Jesus, I was almost going to say is The Late Late Show still going," later adding: "It probably should be a woman, shouldn't it?"


In keeping with that, Niamh Algar - currently on TV screens in the drama series Malpractice - suggested that Ryan Tubridy's replacement should be a double act, stating that Joanne McNally and Vogue Williams would make a good pair of presenters.

As well as this, Bad Sisters co-creator and star Sharon Horgan put forward Deirdre O'Kane as a potential host, while Lakelands star Danielle Galligan said Lucy Kennedy would be the perfect person for the job. The latter said:

"I think she's really good at staying informed politically and also accepting people for who they are and whatever walk of life they come from. I think she's also kind of gas and also, it's about time it's a woman."

Meanwhile, it's worth pointing out that not one but two of this year's IFTA nominees - Andrew Scott and Moe Dunford - both suggested that Rory Cashin - JOE's entertainment editor who was doing the interviews on the night - could be a contender for the gig.


You can check out part two of the responses to our Late Late question below:


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