Ryan Tubridy has confirmed that he will step down as host of The Late Late Show when the current series finishes.
This news was confirmed by RTÉ, who announced that Tubridy will step down after presenting his final edition of the show on Friday 26 May. They also revealed that a new presenter will be announced in the Summer.
Confirming this news, Ryan Tubridy released this statement, where he thanked the show's viewers for their "loyalty" shown over the years, and for helping him to raise money for charities that are close to his heart.
“It has been a privilege to host the national institution that is The Late Late Show for the last fourteen years”, Tubridy stated
“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”.
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“Also, to the viewers, I am so grateful for the loyalty you have shown to The Late Late Show, week in, week out”, Tubridy stated.
“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”.
He added, “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”.