Pat Kenny Tells Viewers He Will Step Down As Late Late Show Host

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Pat Kenny announces that after 10 years presenting 'The Late Late Show', he is to step down at the end of the series.

  • Title
    Pat Kenny Announces Departure
  • 1st Broadcast
    27/03/2009
  • Contributor
    Pat Kenny (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:22
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    The Late Late Show
  • Clip title
    Pat Kenny Tells Viewers He Will Step Down As Late Late Show Host
  • Extended description

    Towards the end of his tenth year presenting 'The Late Late Show' Pat Kenny announces on air that he has decided to step down at the end of the current series. Kenny hints that he will be doing something different on televsion next year. After applause from the studio audience Kenny jokes that he has changed his mind and he is staying.

  • Information

    'The Late Late Show' was intended to be a summer "filler" but proved so successful with the public that it became part of the regular schedule. The idea for the programme came from the show's producer, Tom McGrath, who wanted to present an Irish version of the American talk show "The Tonight Show".

    Gay Byrne was to be the show's presenter and would remain so for the next 37 years.Tom McGrath's original idea was that the show would be informal and have the feel of people dropping in for chat.

    'The Late Late Show' became an important forum for the airing and debating of many issues in a changing Irish society. The first programme of The Late Late Show was broadcast at 11.20 pm, 6 July 1962. At the time, it was unusual to have a live talk and entertainment show on so late in the day's viewing.

    Pat Kenny replaced Gay Byrne as presenter in 1999 and remained in that position for 10 years. The programme is still running today and is presented by Ryan Tubridy.

  • Local keywords
    Broadcasting, Television, RTÉ, Broadcasting,
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    2009
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    09D00203
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    16:9 (widescreen)
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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