Coronavirus: Miriam O'Callaghan stands in as Late Late Show host

Miriam O'Callaghan: "I'm a very active person and am sort of naturally fit due to all the running around I do"

MIRIAM O'Callaghan stepped in as host for RTÉ's Late Late Show last night after presenter Ryan Tubridy developed a "persistent cough".

While this is one of the symptoms of coronavirus, RTÉ did not say whether Tubridy has been tested for the virus.

The host had already been absent from his morning show on RTÉ Radio 1 this week.

"Due to a persistent cough, Ryan is adhering to best practice and staying away," a spokesman said.

O'Callaghan sent her best wishes to her broadcaster colleague.

"I'm delighted to be able to step in tonight and present the Late Late Show. We have to keep the show on the road. Best wishes to Ryan," she said.

It comes after fellow RTÉ presenter Claire Byrne tested positive for Covid-19.

O'Callaghan was previously tipped as a possible successor to former Late Late Show host Pat Kenny before Tubridy took the role in 2009.

She is the first woman to formally present the flagship programme.

The late Marian Finucane had a brief cameo in the role in 1980 when Gay Byrne offered his seat in response to a comment that she would never be offered the chair of the Late Late Show.

Former Late Late Show presenter Pat Kenny returned in 2013 to cover for Tubridy following the death of his father.

Last night's programme paid tribute to workers leading the battle against the spread of coronavirus.

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