The Late Late Show is making its much-anticipated return this Friday evening. However, some viewers may be in for a shock as the show is set to take on a whole brand new format and set design.
Here's what you need to know about the new Late Late Show.
What are the changes to the Late Late Show?
The first and most obvious drastic change is the passing of the reigns to Patrick Kielty following Ryan Tubridy's departure from RTÉ. Kielty will become the fourth person to present the show.
In addition to a new host, this year's show will be different from the previous years for a number of reasons. Firstly the show has adopted a brand new logo, the show will also have a much shorter run time. It is expected the show will be a lot more interactive with the audience this year as well.
The new run-time for the show is now just 90 minutes compared to the old 130-minute run time.
Here is a list of all the new changes you can expect to see this Friday.
- A new host
- Redesigned set
- New Logo
- Shorter running time, new format for the show
- More audience interaction
How many episodes will this year's Late Late show have?
Incoming host Kielty will host only 30 episodes this season compared to the 35-37 shows we expected in the previous years.
As well as the number of episodes in a season being cut short, the episodes will also have a much shorter run-time.
What time is it on?
The Late Late Show will air from 9:35pm to 11:05pm this Friday.
Who are the Late Late Show guests this Friday?
Guests for the first episode of this year's show hosted by Patrick Kielty for the very first time are yet to be announced. RTÉ have kept their guest list very quiet heading into the season premiere.
We will update once it is revealed.
New Set Design
Along with a new host, new logo and new running time, the Late Late has also revealed that the show's set has also been redesigned.
A part of the resigned set was shared with the public via the Late Late Show Twitter account earlier today.
In the video, Kielty is pictured centre stage in the shot, with a new Late Late sign behind him, as well as navy draping curtains.
Kielty teases eager viewers in the short clip as he says 'we've got an amazing new band area just over here, that we could show you, we can't''.
Before going on to tease more about the interview area, which you guessed it was not revealed either.
We've got a brilliant brilliant place for interviews. Great new seats, great new desk
Who is Patrick Kielty?
Patrick Kielty is a comedian and TV personality from Dundrum, Co.Down in Ireland. It was announced in May that Kielty would be Ryan Tubridy's successor after his 14-year-long stint as host of the Late Late Show.
This Friday, Kielty will become the fourth host of the longest-running live late-night chat show in the world, following in the steps of Gay Byrne, Pat Ryan and Ryan Tubridy.
Kielty first broke onto the media scene when he became the host of Northern Ireland's first comedy club, The Empire Laugh Backs In Belfast. From 1999 to 2003 he had his own show on BBC One titled 'Patrick Kielty Almost Live'.
He also co-hosted the talent show Fame Academy with English presenter Cat Deeley. Kielty and Deeley later became a couple and married one another in 2012.
Kielty's father was killed by members of the UDA in 1988 and he spoken very well about the need for reconciliation in Northern Ireland after the Troubles.