Thursday 21 March 2019

Gaybo shows why he's still pulling in the viewers

He may be 40 years older than young pretender Ryan Tubridy but the original Late Late Show presenter has lost none of his pulling power.

RTE has revealed that Gay Byrne has broken the record for his new RTE series. The 75-year-old veteran attracted an average of 247,000 viewers for the first four episodes of his Sunday night religious series. Hollywood heartthrob Colin Farrell, politician Gerry Adams, author Maeve Binchy have starred on his show The Meaning of Life. But it was Boyzone's Ronan Keating who brought them in.

It was the most popular episode with 258,000 viewers tuning in to watch Ronan discuss his infamous rift with pop mogul Louis Walsh.

Viewers also saw Ronan talk movingly about the experience of watching his mother die from cancer which led him to set up the Marie Keating foundation.

Gay Byrne's revealing interview with controversial political leader Gerry Adams also proved a hit with 251,000 viewers.

Speaking after the show was filmed, Gay told how his latest meeting with Adams had been friendly and without confrontation.

"It was an interview where you certainly had to think on your feet," he explained.

Hugely popular novelist Maeve Binchy's heart-to-heart on the show pulled in 231,000 viewers.

Gay is also due to speak to Sinead O'Connor and Oscar-winning writer and director Neil Jordan before the end of the series.

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