Ryan Tubridy has defended last Friday night's Late Late Show Valentine Special after the fairly raucous antics from the audience drew a number of complaints from viewers.

Madness and mayhem overtook the show viewers couldn't look away - though not for all the same reasons.

It was a raucous sight as 200 boisterous singletons looking for love descended on the Late Late studio, with Ryan Tubridy describing them as "single and salivating". 

Host Ryan Tubridy has spoken up on behalf of the programme on his RTÉ Radio 1 show and said that it got a massive 46% audience share and said that although some viewers were less than impressed "bigger numbers watched it than complained".

However he acknowledged that the differences in response to the show may have been down to a generational gap.

To me it's a tale of two Irelands. We've looked at the numbers and crunched them. One Ireland is full of under 50s who though it was a hoot, and another Ireland full of over-50s who thought a little less of it in that sense.

Ryan added that there are a number of special shows each season that are not to everyone's taste but that's understandable.

"The bottom line is that are thirty-seven Late Late Show's in a season. One we go bananas and was Friday night was great fun. And another we play with toys and act like children and that goes down very well indeed. And another one coming down the tracks is the Country Show and some people will hate that. But they are event shows and we love each and every one of them".

This gif gives a pretty accurate representation of the feeling in the audience on the night.

Ryan had promised viewers the "most debauched and depraved" night on Irish TV - EVER - and he didn't disappoint.

From the 'Shift Cam', which saw several couples locking lips, to conversations on "d**k pics" and threesomes, it made for entertaining viewing peppered a healthy dose of can't-look-away cringeworthy moments.

Deano, star of last year's Late Late Valentine's Special, even made a return appearance to reveal that he's still single and on the market!

See the best Twitter reactions to the show below.

Meanwhile, Eurovision legend Linda Martin and Dublin comedian Al Porter performed the 1980s' rock ballad Dead Ringer for Love, which was originally a duet between Cher and Meatloaf.

After the song, Porter told show host Ryan Tubridy about his own love life, which appears to be blooming.

"This is my sixth time I've been on The Late Late Show, and every time you ask me if I'm dating someone and I haven't been," the comedian recounted. "But, yeah, what can I say? I'm very much in love."

Porter also admitted - with his tongue firmly in his cheek - that he'd run out of patience waiting for Ryan Tubridy to ask him out.

"You left me waiting too long," he said. "I would've been quicker getting a hospital bed. I was trying to get with you. I always thought we'd be a great celebrity couple."

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