Ryan Tubridy has opened up about the future of the Late Late Show, admitting he hopes the next season will be bigger and better than ever.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic gripped the world, Ryan has been using the weekend chat show to educate and inform viewers up and down the country, while bringing some much-needed relief with celebrity interviews via video call.
Looking towards the future, Ryan said, “I think, and I really believe it, that come September, we’re going to be back in a different ballgame.
“I mean, we’re already planning our Late Late Show for September, and I think it’s already beginning to feel like another programme – and a whole other ballgame entirely in terms of what it’s going to be.”
Speaking on his RTE Radio One show, he said, “The last, you know, two seasons have been just dominated by one story, and we look forward to kind of closing the chapter on that in two weeks time and saying, ‘That’s what that was’.
“It was tough and like everyone else, you get through it and you try to put the best face forward and the best face out and keep the show on the road, which we did.
“But, I also think then you should have to say, ‘Right, what’s next?’ And what’s next is bigger, brighter, better and a post-pandemic buzzy return in September.
“So, I’m already excited about the first show back – that’s how good it’s going to be. And that’s a promise.”
The Late Late Show continues this week with a whole host of famous faces in attendance.
Crona and Suzy Byrne will talk about what it was like to grow up as the daughters of Ireland’s most famous broadcaster, Gay Byrne. They will reveal what their relationship with their dad was like and how they have all been coping since his death in November 2019.
Ryan will be joined by an inspiring couple, Jamie and Georgie Crawford, who have overcome adversity. At 32 years of age Dublin man Jamie was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Five years later, his wife Georgie got the devastating diagnosis that she had breast cancer.
Georgie is the woman behind the hugely successful ‘Good Glow’ podcast. They will talk about how the couple put their lives back together after each received a devastating diagnosis. They will tell Ryan how this changed them both while revealing their true meaning of what life is now all about.
After nine years of playing professional rugby in Ireland, CJ Stander announced he was departing Irish shores with 51 Irish caps, including two wins against the All Blacks, a Grand Slam, a British and Irish Lions tour, as well as his star performances for Munster. Tomorrow evening, CJ joins Ryan to say goodbye.
Room to Improve architect Dermot Bannon joins Ryan to discuss his new upcoming series focussing on small homes. Housing is back in the headlines this month and Dermot will offer his solutions to correct the dysfunction.
With over a million views of his appearance on the Late Late Toy Show, Michael Moloney emerged as one of the Toy Show’s brightest stars when he was surprised by global singing sensation Dermot Kennedy.
Now, Michael hopes to follow in Kennedy’s footsteps as he releases his first single, ‘All That I Do’. The track is inspired by and dedicated to Michael’s late father Emmett.
In a year when lockdown gave people a very small taste of what daily life is like for carers of vulnerable people, Ryan will talk with two mothers who care full-time for children with disabilities.
Katie Healy-Nolan and Nina Fitzpatrick will discuss the reality of life for full-time carers in Ireland, the battles they have faced to give their children dignity and why children with disabilities have been forgotten in the last year.
Ahead of the summer release of his much-anticipated new album, James Vincent McMorrow will perform a world exclusive of his brand-new single ‘Paradise’.
Catch the show tonight on RTE One at 9.35pm.