RYAN TUBRIDY is running out of Fridays as the host of The Late Late Show after his surprise announcement last week that he is hanging up his tie.
Rumours Roy Hodgson might step in until the end of the season proved off the mark however when he retook the Palace job.
Concentrating on getting better guests than the right host might be better as the focus for RTÉ.
The late (late) Gaybo was obviously the ideal host for the country and for the era, but in his final few years if you tuned in of a Friday you were almost certain to see one of Pierce Brosnan, Tom O’Connor or Brendan O’Carroll.
Tubridy’s unwillingness to do anything more than soft-soap most guests with his questions will mean he isn’t particularly missed, although most will agree he thrived on the Toy Show.
The greatest moment in the programme must surely be when Pat Kenny ripped up Toy Show tickets live on air in 2008 after the winner of them in a competition suggested she didn’t fancy attending it. Otherwise, Pat failed to make Friday evenings essential viewing too.
Who will take over? We’ve had three Dubs so is it time to scan the other counties?
The best person for the job would almost certainly be Bandon man Graham Norton (33/1), although it is safe to assume he is going to stay with the BBC and his weekly A-lister guests.
There are two other Cork presenters in the running: weekend morning radio host and journalist Brendan O’Connor, who is 16/1, and had his own Saturday night RTÉ show from 2010 to 2015. John Creedon is 20/1.
It seems likely a woman will take over the hot seat however.
Laois woman Claire Byrne is the 4/6 favourite after Miriam O’Callaghan ruled herself out of the running. The latter’s Prime Time colleague Sarah McInerney is 3/1, while Angela Scanlon, who has made her name mostly on the BBC, is 9/2.
Byrne might seem too serious, in the vein of Kenny, while Scanlon might be accused of being not serious enough. McInerney might be somewhere in between the two, but may not have a enough profile for the top job.
Tommy Tiernan has received plenty of plaudits for his sometimes overly earnest approach on Saturday nights but at 10/1 he would be too much of a hot potato for those in Montrose.
MUNSTER’s final game at Thomond Park in the regular URC season sees them welcome Glasgow Warriors tomorrow evening.
They are currently fifth in the table with three games to play (they travel to South Africa for the final two) and are well in the hunt for a place in the top eight and the playoffs.
After a far from inspiring start they have now won seven of the last eight games, picking up 34 out of a possible 40 points (six of those seven with a bonus point).
Glasgow are fourth in the table, two points ahead of Munster, and have only been beaten once in their last 12 games, yet are 9/2 to win away, with the Reds 1/6.
Peter O’Mahony and Conor Murray could return as conquering Slam heroes while Tadhg Beirne, Craig Casey, Jack Crowley, and Dave Kilcoyne also featured during the successful Ireland campaign.
Ben Healy made his Scotland debut as a replacement last Saturday, helping them to a 26-14 win over Italy at Murrayfield.
Munster are 7/1 to win the URC and capture their first major silverware since 2011. Leinster have won every game so far this season and are 1/2 favourites to win outright.
Following the Glasgow clash, Munster will be away to the Sharks in the Champions Cup round of 16 tomorrow week.
A MOOTED undisputed title bout between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk at Wembley at the end of next month will now not take place.
The only major heavyweight fight any fight fan wants to see now gets kicked down the road further. The prices on a potential winner remain: Fury 1/2 and Usyk 2/1.
But considering Usyk offered to take a 30-70 split of the purse (even saying he would give $1m to help aid the efforts in defending Ukraine) and that was refused by Fury, we won’t hold our breath.
There is ring action tomorrow evening on BT Sport with what to the uninitiated might seem like a clash between two cultural touchstones of the 90s in Ireland.
Heaney v Flatley II is instead the meeting of British middleweights Nathan and Jack.
We are tempted to say the former has good rhythm and the latter better footwork, so we will.
Their first tussle last year was stopped after just five rounds when Heaney was ahead on all the judges’ scorecards but suffered a nasty cut.
The undefeated Stoke man is offered at 1/5 this time, while Bolton’s Flatley is 4/1 and carries three defeats into the ring. It was probably a bit closer than the cards had it and 4/1 is a decent price on Flatley.
KYLIAN MBAPPE obviously has every chance of leaving us with ouef on our visage, but a double on a draw tonight in St Denis and one in Dublin is 15/1.
Those would be great results for us and I also therefore think that 4/1 on Evan Ferguson helping to qualify for the Euros might be worth taking.