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04th Nov 2019

Special live Late Late Show to air on Tuesday in tribute to Gay Byrne

Darragh Murphy

RTÉ will broadcast a special live edition of The Late Late Show on Tuesday night in tribute to Gay Byrne.

Byrne tragically passed away on Monday at the age of 85 after battling a long illness.

In a statement, his family said: “It is with sadness that Kathleen, Crona and Suzy wish to announce that their beloved Gay has died peacefully at home today, surrounded by his family.

“We wish to thank everybody for their love and support during Gay’s illness. Particularly the wonderful teams in the Mater Hospital, St Francis Hospice and the Irish Cancer Society.”

Tributes have been pouring in for the legendary broadcaster, the likes of which Ireland will never see again, and to honour Byrne’s legacy, a special live episode of The Late Late Show will air on Tuesday night on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.

Current Late Late Show host, Ryan Tubridy, paid tribute to the man who hosted the show for over three decades.

Tubridy said: “He was the master, a once off and the likes of which we will never see again. I watched him as a child, worked alongside him as a young man and he guided me as I grew older and I will forever be indebted to him. We in RTÉ have lost a friend, a family have lost a father and a husband and the country has lost an icon. May he rest in peace.”