A special episode of The Late Late Show will air tonight to honour Gay Byrne
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A special episode of The Late Late Show will air tonight to honour Gay Byrne

A SPECIAL episode of The Late Late Show will air tonight on RTÉ One in order to pay tribute to the man who led the show for 37 years, from its very first episode in 1962 up until 1999.

Now hosted by Ryan Tubridy, the special episode will honour the much-loved broadcaster following his death yesterday, 4 November 2019, at the age of 85.

A star-studded cast of guests will appear on the show to speak on 'Uncle Gaybo' and the influence he has had on their lives and on the country as a whole, and the line-up even includes two presidents of Ireland: current president Michael D Higgins and former president Mary McAleese.

Huge Irish names such as Bob Geldof, Tommy Tiernan, Pat Shortt, Andrea Corr, Sharon Shannon, Mary Black and former Late Late Show presenter Pat Kenny will join Ryan Tubridy on the tribute show, which looks set to be an inspirational and emotional goodbye to the man whose career spanned several decades.

Joe Duffy, Mike Murphy, John Sheahan, Finbar Furey, Nell McCafferty, John McColgan, Jon Kenny, Rosaleen Linehan, Eamon Dunphy, Twink, Dr Brian D'arcy, Paddy Maloney, Donal Lunny, Michael Carruth, Moya Doherty, Vincent Browne, Frank McNamara, Aonghus McAnally and RTÉ Director General Dee Forbes finish up the list of guests.

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The 90-minute live special will air tonight on RTÉ One at 9.35pm and can also be watched on RTÉ Player.