Ryan Tubridy is to step down as host of The Late Late Show, it has been confirmed.
Tubridy who has hosted the chat show since 2009, will step aside as presenter after its current series, where he will host his last edition on May 26.
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RTÉ has today announced that Ryan will step down from The #LateLate at the end of the current series.
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The presenter confirmed this in a statement, where he did reveal that he would continue to host his midweek radio show.
“It has been a privilege to host the national institution that is The Late Late Show for the last fourteen years”, Tubridy said.
He continued, “I want to thank the tremendous teams of producers, researchers, crew and executives who have done the hard work to keep the show on the road over the years. Many have become dear friends”.
Elsewhere, Ryan Tubridy also paid tribute to the viewers who have tuned into his show every Friday, thanking them for their “loyalty”.
He also spoke of his pride of raising considerable amounts of money for charities close to his heart.
“Also, to the viewers, I am so grateful for the loyalty you have shown to The Late Late Show, week in, week out”, Tubridy stated.
“Not only did you raise 30 million euros for Irish charities including over 15 million euros for children’s charities all over the island that are particularly close to my heart, but you showed incredible generosity of spirit for which I am profoundly grateful”.
“I was often touched by the kind comments of viewers stopping me on the street or at the supermarket on a Saturday to say ‘thank you’ or ‘well done’ for highlighting an issue that affected them or their families on the previous night’s show. Go raibh maith agaibh”.
“And finally, to my family who stood by me every day of every week, year in, year out. To my daughters especially, they put up with so much and I am as grateful to them as I am awestruck by them”.
RTÉ have revealed that a decision on the next Late Late Show presenter will be made in the Summer.