Kenny at risk of Late Late no show

HANDS up everyone who is looking forward to Pat Kenny hosting another Late Late Show this autumn.

Many viewers might be forgiven for thinking that PK should be heard and not seen.

After all, he has done good, as they say, on radio and comes across as serious and committed.

On TV, though, he should be committed for being seriously wooden and it looks like the reign of the nation’s No 1 TV broadcaster may be about to end.

Pat has been hosting the Late Late longer than President McAleese’s first term in office but, with just three weeks to go until the return of the show and still no renewed contract between RTÉ and the host, rumours are rife that Kenny’s time in the hot seat is up.

Sharon McHugh, spokeswoman for bookies Paddy Power said: “We still think Pat has a few years left in him but RTÉ have made a lot of changes lately and look hungry for young blood, so we wouldn’t be surprised if Pat was dethroned for a younger model.”

The cheek of her. Still, her bosses have made Ryan Tubridy, host of The Tubridy Show and Tubridy Tonight (just in case he can’t remember his own name) the 4/1 favourite to step into Pat’s shoes if negotiations break down.

But, considering predecessor Gay Byrne’s 37 years as the show’s host, he may have to wait a bit longer.

Prime Time’s Miriam O’Callaghan is put at 5/1, but Miriam, despite her cerebral attractions, has been known to have her blonde moments.

Comedian and presenter Dara Ó Briain is placed at 6/1, while Galway girl Gráinne Seoige is now at 8/1, but she may not everyone’s cup of cappuccino, particularly among Dublin 4 viewers.

So, who is it to be? How about Twink, Dana or Bunny Carr, presuming that all three are still alive?

Gaybo is tipped at 80/1 to make a comeback and Terry Wogan is at 100/1 — the same as Bertie Ahern.

There’s always Podge and Rodge at 250/1 or Colin Farrell at 500/1, for an outside bet.

Let us know who should be the next Late Late Show host at www.irishexaminer.com/latelate

TV RACE: Tubridy leads pack: Who could take over from Pat Kenny as host of The Late Late Show?

4/1 Ryan Tubridy

5/1 Miriam O’Callaghan

6/1 Dara O’Briain

8/1 Gráinne Seoige

10/1 Gerry Ryan

12/1 Ray D’Arcy

16/1 Joe Duffy

16/1 Mark Cagney

16/1 Brian Ormond

18/1 Aidan Power

20/1 Dave Fanning

20/1 Larry Gogan

20/1 Marian Finucane

20/1 Adrian Kennedy

25/1 Patrick Kielty

25/1 Joe O’Shea

25/1 Sheana Keane

25/1 Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh

33/1 Rick O’Shea

33/1 Hector O’Heochagain

40/1 Eamonn Holmes

40/1 Gerry Kelly

50/1 Eddie Hobbs

50/1 Triona McCarthy

80/1 Gay Byrne

100/1 Baz Ashmawy

100/1 Terry Wogan

100/1 Martin King

100/1 Bertie Ahern

250/1 Podge & Rodge

500/1 Colin Farrell.

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