Patrick Kielty Reveals Salary As He Covers Own Costs To Host Late Late Show

Patrick Kielty

Patrick Kielty has revealed his annual salary for hosting The Late Late Show will be  €250,000. He will seek to salvage the flagging show having signed a run until 2026.

He will present thirty shows in each season’s run. He is to cover the cost of his own flights from the UK and his own accommodation also while here in Ireland.

The affable County Down man has signed a three-year contract as host of RTÉ’s flagship show.

He says he has asked RTÉ to carbon offset his flights.

He says it is a deal until 2026 for 30-shows a season – and if RTE requires more than that – it will pay him €8,000 for each.

Today he’s issued a statement amid the chaos that’s engulfed the national broadcaster.

He said:

I’m pleased to finally be able to share that I’ve signed a three-season deal to host The Late Late Show beginning this September.

I’m being paid €250,000 per 30-show season. If additional shows are requested by RTE, they’ll be paid on a pro-rata basis.

I’m also receiving a one-off payment of €20,000 to cover the pre-production and rehearsals from now to September.

The contract allows me to submit flight and accommodation expenses, but I’ve waived this. I’ve made it clear to RTE that I will be covering my own flights and accommodation costs.

I’ve also asked RTE to carbon offset my flights.

I genuinely hope this helps clarify things going forward. I can’t wait to get started.”