Ryan Tubridy said he no longer comments on age, in an apparent reference to criticism he received after falling out with one of the Derry Girls stars over the matter.
The Late Late Show host interviewed Sky News presenter Kay Burley on Friday night’s programme.
The British journalist is celebrating more than a million minutes of live TV presentation and joked that Tubridy should have told her she looks too young to be in the business over 40 years.
“I love my job, I don’t get up and I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I have to do three hours of live television,’ I just think I’m so incredibly privileged, it’s a long time — here you are saying I am don’t look that old,” Burley said.
However, the Late Late Show Host laughed and replied, “I don’t actually comment on age anymore.”
This comes after he recently asked Derry Girls star Jamie Lee O’Donnell her age, which she refused to reveal, saying it was a misogynistic question.
He asked her: “That might be a rude question, you don’t have to answer – but may I ask how old you are?”
She replied, “I’m 117. I’m very, very wise.” However, he pressed again and asked if she would consider telling him her age.
“That’s what gets on my nerves a bit, no disrespect,” she said.
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“It’s always quite misogynistic, even if it’s unintentional, because men don’t get the same scrutiny in their careers.”
It wasn’t the first time the presenter asked the actress her age. In an interview on his RTÉ Radio 1 show in 2018, he said: “You’re playing a 16-year-old, how old are you in real life?”.
Similar to her Late Late Show interview, the Derry Girls star joked, replying that she wasn’t 16, and when he pressed her again to share her age, she said: “No, because I think a big deal was made of it with Nicola [Coughlan, her co-star in Derry Girls] and I don’t think it was very fair.
“We get a lot of people asking our age and like nobody’s asking Dylan [Llewelyn, her co-star in Derry Girls] his.
“So, it’s just a little bit unfair and it’s taken a little bit off of our performances.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/i-dont-comment-on-age-anymore-ryan-tubridy-jokes-about-clash-with-derry-girls-star-as-he-interviews-skys-kay-burley-41623863.html ‘I don’t comment on age anymore’ – Ryan Tubridy jokes about clashing with the Derry Girls star as he interviews Sky’s Kay Burley