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This year’s Late Late Toy Show had the nation in tears. It was quite possibly one of the best Toy Shows of all time and it’s all because of the wonderful kids that melted our hearts on Friday night.

Tom and Nanny Pet, brave Sophia, inspiring Ella and the adorable Sophie had us crying into our cups of tea.


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And we weren’t the only ones.

Ryan Tubridy admitted that he was struggling to hold back the tears as he spoke to the kids on Friday night’s show.


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Speaking on his RTÉ Radio 1 show, he said, “The biggest thanks have to go to the children, who kind of knocked us out really."

“They just seemed to come out with this wisdom and knowledge, self-awareness and kindness that seemed to make a lot of people cry."

"I found myself, uncharacteristically, having to take very deep breaths every so often because honestly, if I was to let go I probably wouldn't have made it through part two or three,” he revealed.

“I was, like everyone else, just taken aback by them,” Ryan added.


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A whopping 1.7 million people tuned into the Toy Show this year and Ryan is already gearing up for 2020’s show.

“Every bone in my body is groaning. But it was worth every second of it. It would take it out of you, that's the truth, in a good way. We'll do it all again next year – I have the theme in my head already!" he quipped.


RTÉ's most closely-guarded secret was today unveiled by Ryan Tubridy ahead of Friday night's eagerly anticipated Late Late Toy Show. The magical, mystical wonderland world of Frozen has been revealed as the inspiration behind this year's show-stopping production, and Ryan said that his opening number is his "most outrageous" to date. 

It's his 11th year in the driving seat on The Late Late Toy Show, with Ryan's opening sequence performance fast-becoming one of the most-eagerly anticipated parts of the show.  

"There will be a lot of goof this year and that will be obvious as soon as I step out in the most outrageous of costumes,” Ryan said.“It involves a very toothy grin…even my own weren't sufficient for the occasion!”

"Family, nostalgia and the experience of watching the show together are at the heart of this year's show, Ryan added. 

"This year, viewers will get a sense of family, drawing from Anna and Elsa in Frozen and Frozen 2. A lot of the emphasis this year is on family and coming together and gathering to watch the show, as they have done for decades. It's not a picture perfect portrayal of family, because every family is different, and they come in all shapes and sizes.

"It doesn't matter, once you are there together and are happy and surrounded by people you love, that's what it’s all about. People of all ages, sizes and walks of life come together. I'm asking everyone to put down their phone or tablet for two hours and talk about the show with each other."

Over 200 children from all around the country will participate in the live production from RTÉ's Studio 4 – as singers, performers and toy demonstrators. From the opening sequence, right until the very end of the show, a number of incredible surprises and special guest appearances are also in store. Hundreds of toys have been tested and will feature throughout the live production, and, of course, there will be a special nod to the late Gay Byrne.  

This year's spectacular set is set to melt the coldest of hearts, and was created by the RTÉ production Design Department, led by Marcella Power. RTÉ's Costume and Make-Up departments, with costume led by Brigette Horan, have also been busily prepping the cast ahead of Friday's extravaganza. 

Last year's show was the most-watched programme on Irish television for 2018, with more than 1.5 million people tuning in for The Greatest Showman themed extravaganza.

As with The Late Late Toy Show each year, a number of charities have nominated children to experience the magic of the set for themselves in advance of tonight’s show. This year children from the Jack and Jill Children's Foundation, Laura Lynn – Ireland’s Children’s Hospice and Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin and Temple Street had a sneak preview of the set and played with the toys. All toys featured on the show will be donated to charity following the broadcast.

The Late Late Toy Show airs on RTÉ One on Friday, November 29 at 9.35pm



What's Friday night without the Late Late?

The line-ups have been great this year and with Tubs at the helm, we've really been enjoying it.

So who will be getting grilled tonight?

Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar will natter to Ryan about his role as Superintendent Ted Hastings in one of the most applauded TV shows of the last decade, his illustrious career and reflect on what it was like growing up in Northern Ireland.


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Then we have former Kerry footballer Pat Spillane who, in 2017 when an action plan to positively develop rural Ireland was launched, was appointed to work with local communities and relay concerns back to the government.

Two years on, Pat joins Ryan to talk about if enough is being done to save rural Ireland.

For a bit of glam, we have Editor-in-chief of US Glamour magazine Samantha Barry and TV presenter Laura Whitmore on their work in the media industry.

The pair will join Ryan to talk about everything from their beginnings in Ballincollig and Bray to why it’s so important to them that women support each other.

After that, Portarlington native Fr Sean Hyland will open up about how he had a successful career as an electrical engineer, but after the deaths of his two children Seana and Ciaran, and then the death of his wife Liz, he decided to become a priest in his 60s.

Similarly, Niall McDonagh’s journey to find faith came about following a string of family tragedies, when the death of his brother, father and cousin left him bereft.

Both men join Ryan to chat about grief and why they turned to religion to cope.

Another guest is Dessie Fitzgerald who was a talented hurler living an ordinary, happy life when a spate of life changing events in one year led him to hit rock bottom.

Then we have World Naked Bike Ride is an annual, worldwide event that highlights the vulnerability of cyclists on the roads, with full or partial nudity encouraged and participants urged to “bare as you dare".

To celebrate the event in Cork on the June 8, we’ll have 16 cyclists in their birthday suits riding through The Late Late Show studio.

Music will be from Gavin James and Cork band True Tides.

Tune in to The Late Late Show, RTÉ One, Friday, April 19 at 9.35pm


From his combative approach to press conferences to his linguistic gymnastics, Sean Spicer's six-month stint as the White House Press Secretary won't be forgotten in a hurry.

Satirised so brilliantly by Melissa McCarthy on Saturday Night Live, the 46-year-old New Yorker became somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon.

And he's set to appear on this week's Late Late Show.

Commenting on the highly-anticipated appearance, Ryan Tubridy said: "Donald Trump’s presidency is one of the most fascinating and extraordinary things to happen in our lifetime. Sean Spicer was right there watching it all in a front row seat."

"I am really looking forward to getting his first-hand account of what it was like to be there in that White House with the world’s media watching and his insights into what’s really going on in Trumpland.”

Undoubtedly, a key public figure in the early days of Donald Trump’s White House, Spicer will be giving viewers the lowdown on what it was like to be part of one of the most controversial US presidencies in history.

In an Irish television exclusive, Spicer will be talking about finding himself at the centre of a global media storm after his first outing facing the press in the White House and why he still believes he was right to claim that Trump’s inauguration was the biggest ever.

He’ll also be taking viewers through his six months in the eye of the storm, including what he really thinks about Melissa's infamous impression of him, and why he ultimately decided to resign.  

Unsurprisingly, talk is set to turn to the embarrassing revelations in Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury and why he believes they may not be entirely accurate.

If you want to find out if Spicer still supports Trump or whether he believes he will win another four years in the White House in 2020, tune in this Friday night, ladies!


So, we may have just spent the entire day listening to Ed Sheeran's duet with Andrea Bocelli, but that doesn't mean we've hit our Sheeran quota just yet.

In fact, we're more than willing to indulge our appetite even further, which is lucky as the singer is going to be chatting with our very own Ryan Tubridy later tonight.

Taking to the Late Late Show's famous couch, the Perfect singer will be giving viewers a glimpse into his Irish heritage by talking all things family-related with Ryan.

Reflecting on his grandfather's passing in 2013, Ed admitted that recent achievements meant he felt the loss all the more acutely.

Take a look at this if you want a sneak peek…



If only for the resulting tweets, there is no denying that if you're staying in on a Friday night, The Late Late Show will probably feature at some point.

You opt to "shtick it on for a bit…" and before you know it you're furiously getting your housemates to enter the win-€20K competition, duly clutching your phone in blind hope.

And this week the guest-list isn't looking too shabby either – namely because Ireland's very own better-than-Obama president, Michael Dee, will feature.

"President Higgins will join Ryan to chat about life as the State's first citizen, his plans for the future, and, as the 1916 centenary year winds down, he will share his vision for a new Ireland," a statement from RTE reads.

Meanwhile, writer Stefanie Preissner will tell viewers what inspired her hit new TV drama Can't Cope, Won't Cope and what it feels like to be labelled the "voice of a generation". 

Ireland's Paralympics heroes Ellen Keane and Niamh McCarthy will also in studio, talking about their Rio success. 

Then the very-funny Jessica Thom will discuss taking the challenge of her Tourette Syndrome and using it as part of her comedy.

PLUS there will be music from The Blizzards.

Now all we need is that €20,000 prize… 


The Late Late Show airs tomorrow on RTÉ One at 9.35pm



Love/Hate actor John Connors has addressed the major controversy surrounding his appearance on The Late Late Show last Friday night.

John is a member of the Travelling Community and appeared on the show to discuss issues Travellers in Ireland face day-to-day. 

Many who watched the show were impressed by John's heart and how passionate he was to get his point across to the nation:

But, presenter Ryan Tubridy has faced major backlash since the show, with the public taking to Twitter to voice their anger:

But, John picked up on the controversy and joined the critics, accusing Ryan of "denial of racism" on the show in a stongly-worded Facebook post:

There has been allot of strong reactions to my interview on the late late. Some positive, some racist, some didn't like…

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We all know that feeling of just needing to go to the toilet at the worst moments. 

In the middle of a theatre show, while driving through the middle of nowhere or at any other moment when getting to a toilet could not be more awkward. 

Well, one audience member on the Late Late last night simply could not wait for the break to get up and go. 

Nope, as Ryan was just about to head to a commercial break, it seems one woman was already out of her seat. 

And the RTE presenter ran with it. 

"Do you need to go to the loo, you do?" 

"Gowan… If you gotta go…" 

Watch the gas moment below: 



It was an interview with a difference for the One Direction boys as they joined James Corden for a game of Tattoo Roulette on Thursday's episode of ​The Late Late Show.

And believe us, it was every bit as entertaining as you'd think a game called Tattoo Roulette could ever be. 

The boyband and James had to choose a box that would either say tattoo or safe on the inside. The unlucky man who picked the one with tattoo would then be forced to get a tattoo on television. Eek!

But even better than Harry Styles actually getting inked is Niall's terrified reactions to getting his first tattoo in front of a live studio audience:



The Late Late Toy Show is a little over a month away, and of course we're already planning a night in with Christmas jumpers and copious amounts of Cadbury Roses.

But one lucky sod could actually be part of the annual show's studio audience without having to apply, thanks to a new competition launched by RTÉ today.

For the first time, the Toy Show is going on the road, to check out the singing and dancing talent in cities across Ireland.

All you have to do to enter the new competition is to snap a picture of the Late Late Toy Show car as it travels the country, and post it on Twitter or Facebook.

The car is bright red, so it's hard to miss:

Simply tag your snap with #latelatetoyshow, and you could skip the queue of 200,000 applicants to win yourself two tickets to the big night at the end of November.

Ryan and his red wheels hit Cork today, with auditions to follow in Athlone on October 13, Sligo on October 14 and Dublin on October 19.

Thousands of audition tapes were submitted to RTÉ over the last few weeks, with hopefuls from all 32 counties attending the regional auditions this week.

Close to 1.25m people watched the Late Late Toy Show last year – that's a quarter of the population, btw – with 269 performers and toy testers taking part.