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New Late Late Show host Patrick Kielty on sex, drugs and Tubs

After a turbulent and fascinating life, the Co Down comedian says he finally feels ready to take on the challenge of hosting Ireland’s most iconic chat show

Patrick Kielty: ‘I feel comfortable enough in my own skin now to talk to most people about most thing’. Picture: Andres Poveda

When Patrick Kielty was turned down 20 years ago by a well-known producer in Los Angeles, he felt devastated.

The Co Down comedian had been sent by an agent to see Robert Morton, a media mogul famous for producing The Late Show with David Letterman, in a bid to help break into the US entertainment industry.

Sitting on a couch in RTÉ’s television studio in Dublin, Kielty puts on a nasally American accent to imitate ...