Ryan Tubridy is expecting to be surprised on his last ever Late Late Show tonight, the presenter has revealed.
Mr Tubridy began presenting RTÉ’s flagship show for the past 14 years but announced he was calling it quits in March.
Speaking to listeners of his Radio One programme this morning, he said the full running order of tonight’s show had been hidden from him.
“We have a big, big night planned tonight,” he said.
“I think I know pretty much everything that’s happening.
“They just said, ‘There’s a bit of business here and a bit of business there’ - which is code for, ‘We’re not telling you.’
“So, we’ll see.”
Newstalk’s Pat Kenny previously hosted the Late Late Show and said he expected Mr Tubridy will feel “great relief” when he wakes up on Saturday.
“When you make a decision like that and then there are weeks in between making the decision public and then having to keep doing the show and then finally it is over.”
Mr Kenny described the job as “arduous” and said Mr Tubridy had lasted longer than he had.
“I spoke to him a few minutes ago just to wish him good luck tonight and he’s on great form,” Mr Kenny said.
He also predicted that the show would inevitably change under its new host.
“Patrick, I don’t know what he wants to bring to the party but it will be a show that will evolve around him,” Mr Kenny said.
“The first week, second week, third week they’ll probably try to have the template much as before but then, as time goes on, things get dropped, things get added in - new features, new creativities.
“So, we shall see.”
The Late Late Show begins at 9.35 tonight on RTÉ 1.
Main image: Ryan Tubridy.