The Late Late Show (season 46)
The 46th season of The Late Late Show, the world's longest-running chat show, began on 5 September 2008. It aired on RTĂ‰ One each Friday evening from 21:30. The series marked the first occasion on which regular host Pat Kenny was absent, following the unexpected death of his mother. Gerry Ryan guest-hosted the 24 October edition of the show in Kenny's absence. Before the season began Kenny had been reluctant to sign up for the show again. Before long the series was generating substantial media coverage for topics such as phone-in competitions, controversial performances and awkward interviews. Guests thus far have included the Taoiseach Brian Cowen, the environmental activist Erin Brockovich, the comedian Tom O'Connor (making his fourteenth appearance), Libertas founder Declan Ganley, Lindsay Wagner (on her first visit to Ireland) In February 2009, Kenny was widely criticised by the Irish media for his attempted interview of the English rock musician Pete Doherty. Other musical guests include Andrea Bocelli, Carosel and Roy Keane. It was Pat Kenny's final season as host after he announced his decision to quit live on air on 27 March 2009.
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