Kathy told Pat to quit Late Late
Pat Kenny today revealed that he quit The Late Late Show after coming under pressure from his wife Kathy.
While the veteran broadcaster was eager to continue presenting the Friday night slot, his other half told him to go.
The couple, who have been married for 17 years this year, have two children, Kristina (16) and Nicole (14).
But Kathy revealed that their relationship could have been on shaky ground if Pat continued after ten years at the helm of The Late Late Show.
"I was willing to do one more year on the Late Late," Pat told the RTE Guide.
But his Bermuda-born wife shook her head and responded: "The garage is a very cold place."
"I said to Pat, 'if you sign up for another five years of that show, you're on your own'," Kathy revealed.
"In another few years Kristina would have left school and you have to believe that there's more to life. We have no privacy at all."
Pat (61) said that he was approached to front a new current affairs TV show on RTE which prompted his departure from the Friday night chat show.
“The opportunity came for me a year earlier than I had expected,” he said about the new show.
In an interview with the RTE Guide, the Kenny family revealed that they felt considerable pressure being in the public eye and believed that the time was right for Pat to go.
“You accept that you'll never read a newspaper article about how wonderful he is,” Kathy said.
“I'm never going to read one that says that the last three years were some of the best of The Late Late Show.
“What keeps us close is the life that you lead in the goldfish bowl.
Pat is my best friend and vice versa. So you protect the kids from the stuff that's out there and try to lead a normal life,” she added. “But it's such an unreal existence.”
Pat said that he was also relieved to hang up his microphone at the popular RTE show.
“The next morning I felt like a load was lifted off my shoulders,” he said.
“I got a text from Noel Kelly (agent for RTE's stars) – it was congratulating me on my decision. I wrote back, ‘Dear Noel, warn your clients to be careful what they wish for’.”
In the past season, The Late Late Show pulled an average audience of 682,000 – more than any time in the past 10 years.
But despite the public pressure and constant mimicry, Pat said that he took it all in his stride.
“I'm quite open to be mimicked and they have all done me. I suppose imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” he said.
“The thing about Pat is that he doesn't dwell on things,” Kathy said.
“Something that might irritate me and sting me for a few days, it would not affect him.
“His attitude is that it goes with the territory. When you're in the number one position you're there to be knocked so just get on with it. Pat moves on.”