RTE receives formal complaint after late reporting segment
RTE received one official compliant call and several calls providing “negative feedback” for the controversial opening Friday episode of The Late Late Show.
Ireland’s longest-running TV show got a full RTE studio audience for the first time since the pandemic began after Taoiseach Micheal Martin eased COVID restrictions following a winter battle with the variant Omicron.
In a bizarre move to mark the occasion, Ryan Tubridy emerged on ‘Ireland’s Call’ as the audience, who wore masks, sang and waved green flags.
Intended to serve as a proper meeting and show of support ahead of Ireland’s Six Nations campaign, Ireland’s Twitter lit up to criticize the “gritty” opening.
Surprisingly, the complaints didn’t stay true to online memes, as RTE confirmed a formal complaint had been lodged and 11 members of the public called the broadcaster to give their thoughts on the opening that united the nation in the fury.
RTE said in a statement: “The Late Late Show was the most-watched weekend show on Irish television, with an average of 512,000 people watched on RTÉ One and RTÉ One+1, while the The world’s longest-running live chat show welcomed its largest live audience in nearly two years.
“RTÉ has received a formal complaint, 11 members of the public have contacted RTÉ, via email and phone message, to give negative feedback on the Friday night broadcast.”
Irish Twitter had a field day as the public seemed more than happy to skip a night to host the talk show. One viewer said it was like “Up For the Match but for fancy people”, while another called it “cringe”.
Hours before taking the stage, Ryan told his RTE radio listeners that he was “very excited” to host the beloved show in front of its biggest audience in two years.
“I’m nervous, I’m excited and I’m a little emotional about it.
“Because the people you see in front of you are, to me, a cross section of the people back home. And there are hundreds of thousands of people watching, we hope, and thankfully we know that.
“And also they’re represented by the people, and everybody dresses up and puts in an effort and looks great and in great shape and it’s an amazing vibe in that studio when there are people there” , did he declare.