Following the news that Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States, it was announced that Katie Hopkins will make a guest appearance on tonight’s Late Late Show.
The news has caused utter outrage online, so much so that RTÉ has received almost 700 complaints.
I've sent a complaint to RTÉ about Katie Hopkins' Late Late appearance. Maybe you'll consider doing so too. email@example.com pic.twitter.com/pT3zYmy5Ym— Alan (@alan_maguire) November 9, 2016
Please consider sending an email of complaint to RTÉ about Katie Hopkins appearing on the Late Late show! The email is firstname.lastname@example.org pic.twitter.com/5WpEWetnUE— alexandra (@alexdalton97) November 9, 2016
Some have gone so far as to urge people to boycott the show entirely.
BOYCOTT THE LATE LATE SHOW ON FRIDAY. DO NOT TUNE IN TO WATCH KATIE HOPKINS. DO NOT WATCH HER. IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO WIN.— Carl Kinsella (@TVsCarlKinsella) November 9, 2016
Complain to RTE and The Late Late Show about Katie Hopkins. But then make sure you don't watch the bloody thing!— Dean Van Nguyen (@deanvannguyen) November 9, 2016
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Ryan Tubridy said that he personally didn’t want her on the show, but it was a team decision.
"I didn't personally want her on," he said.
"It was a team decision. Katie Hopkins does the job, she comes on and expresses an opinion that is contrary and difficult, but it starts a conversation."
RTÉ also issued a statement defending their decision to have the controversial star as a guest.
“Donald Trump's victory has been one of the biggest political upsets of our time,” it reads.
“Donald Trump himself expressed many controversial views during the campaign and is now President Elect.
“Katie Hopkins is one of his most vocal supporters in the UK. She'll be giving her take on why his message resonated with American voters, and her promise to move to America in the event of a Trump victory.
“The American election and its aftermath has been and will continue to be covered extensively across a range of RTÉ's output.”
Tubridy also addressed the topic on his RTÉ Radio One show this morning, saying: “[There has been] a lot of irritation about Katie Hopkins being on the Late Late Show tonight. A controversial guest, no doubt about it; it has been a controversial week.
“You really can’t just invite people on programmes like this or on The Late Late Show, you can’t just keep inviting people that you agree with on.
“You need to have some class of conversation regardless of how robust it is. There is a free speech issue, isn’t there? On both sides of the argument.”