Revealed: Why Claire Byrne walked away from the Late Late Show

Bosses were willing to radically overhaul show’s length and format while ‘informal discussions’ took place with Byrne before her decision to walk away

Claire Byrne: the broadcaster was the only viable candidate in the running for The Late Late Show position and informal talks took place over six weeks

RTÉ broadcaster Claire Byrne walked away from The Late Late Show despite a willingness from bosses to cut the show’s length and radically alter its format as part of efforts to convince her to take the role.

Sources have made clear that management “threw the kitchen sink” at Byrne but a series of misgivings led to her withdrawing.

Byrne, the Business Post has confirmed, was the preferred candidate and had held “informal talks” in recent ...