A ‘Late Late Show’ quiz about the colour of a wife’s honeymoon nightie proves controversial.
‘The Bishop and the Nightie’ was a much talked-about controversy arising from a light-hearted quiz on ‘The Late Late Show’. Here is the audio from the night. The video itself has not survived.
Host Gay Byrne picked a married couple from the audience, Richard and Eileen Fox from Terenure in Dublin, and asked each of them a series of questions while the other was out of earshot. One of the questions related to the colour of Eileen’s nightie on honeymoon. Richard said it was transparent, while Eileen said she wasn’t wearing any.
The item drew condemnation from Thomas Ryan, Bishop of Clonfert in Galway, who denounced ‘The Late Late Show’ from the pulpit and said he was disgusted by the disgraceful performance. Byrne later issued a statement saying it had not been the show’s intention to embarrass viewers. He pointed out that it was a late-night show designed for adult viewing.