Miriam O'Callaghan to become first woman to present The Late Late Show
By Clodagh Meaney
RTÉ broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan is set to become the first woman to present The Late Late Show.
The programme, which is the longest running television chat show in history, has only ever been presented by men.
The show's regular host, Ryan Tubridy, will sit out tonight's broadcast as he is ill with a persistant cough.
Taking to Twitter today, the programme announced that Tubridy would not be able to anchor the chat show as he is adhering to best practice amid the Covid-19 crisis.
"We're sorry to say due to a persistant cough, Ryan is adhering to best practice and won't be hosting tonight's Late Late." they said.
"We're lucky to have Miriam O'Callaghan who will be stepping in to present instead."
The broadcast journalist who usually presents Prime Time will welcome a host of special guests on tonight's show.
Hozier, Brendan O'Carroll, Brian O'Drisscoll, Dara O'Briain and Jennifer Gibney will be among the line-up.
RTÉ are set to broadcast a special tribute to frontline HSE workers at the top of the programme to thank them for their tireless work during the current global health pandemic.
Miriam O'Callaghan joined RTÉ in 1993 to present an economics and business show programme called Marketplace.
In 2005 she began presenting Saturday Night with Miriam O'Callaghan and in 2009 she made her radio debut.