RTÉ has announced that Ryan Tubridy is the new presenter of 'The Late Late Show' on RTÉ One.
The 35-year-old 'Tubridy Tonight' presenter's first programme as host of 'The Late Late Show' will be broadcast in September.
Commenting on taking over the programme from departing host Pat Kenny, new host Tubridy said: "I'm very taken aback by this announcement. 'The Late Late Show' casts a wide net across this island and it is a humbling honour to be asked to present such an iconic programme.
"I’d like to pay tribute to the other contenders who would have made fine presenters of this programme. I would also like to thank everyone who helped to make 'Tubridy Tonight' what it was over the last five years."
Noel Curran, Managing Director of RTÉ Television, said: "'The Late Late Show' is a unique programme that involves entertainment, comedy, audience interaction and social discussion. Ryan has shown time and time again on Television and on his RTÉ Radio 1 show that he can handle the range of interviews required of a 'Late Late Show' presenter, with both skill and insight. He’s a great broadcaster and we know he’ll make the show his own.
"Announcing a new presenter also allows us to look again at 'The Late Late Show'. We want to keep the mix of entertainment and social discussion that are at its core but we also want to look at new ways of harnessing Ryan’s enormous strengths. He has a huge energy and passion for the show and we all look forward to working with him and playing to those strengths on air."
Pat Kenny's last 'Late Late Show' as host will be broadcast on Friday, 29 May.
'Tubridy Tonight' will not return in the Autumn.
"We want to look again at our Saturday night schedule," said Curran.
"Do we need two chat shows on a weekend? Maybe we do, but we want to take this opportunity to also look at other entertainment show possibilities. There will be a new home-produced entertainment show for Saturday night and we will consider carefully what that show will be."