RTÉ confirms Ryan Tubridy to step down from The Late Late Show
The end of an era.
At present, all the national broadcaster has released is a short piece with the following statement:
RTÉ has announced that broadcaster Ryan Tubridy is to step down from The Late Late Show at the end of the season.
Tubridy, who took over from Pat Kenny in the talk-show host role, has commented on his decision.
"It has been a privilege to host the national institution that is the Late Late Show for the last fourteen years," He said.
"I want to thank the tremendous teams of producers, researchers, crew and executives who have done the hard work to keep the show on the road over the years. Many have become dear friends.
"Also, to the viewers, I am so grateful for the loyalty you have shown to the Late Late Show, week in, week out. Not only did you raise 30 million euros for Irish charities including over 15 million euros for children's charities all over the island that are particularly close to my heart, but you showed incredible generosity of spirit for which I am profoundly grateful. I was often touched by the kind comments of viewers stopping me on the street or at the supermarket on a Saturday to say 'thank you' or 'well done' for highlighting an issue that affected them or their families on the previous night's show. Go raibh maith agaibh.
"And finally, to my family who stood by me every day of every week, year in, year out. To my daughters especially, they put up with so much and I am as grateful to them as I am awestruck by them."
Ryan Tubridy 'can take enormous credit' for show's success
"The Late Late Show is a TV phenomenon," RTE Director-General Dee Forbes stated, "at home and abroad which continues to hold a special place in Irish life and Ryan can take enormous credit for that."
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