Patrick Kielty has revealed he is to be paid €250,000 a year for hosting the Late Late Show.
It is for a 30-show run every season and is to be in place until 2026.
He also says that he will cover the cost of his own flights from his home in the UK for the shows and pay for his own accommodation too while in Ireland.
In a statement, the presenter said:
“I’m pleased to finally be able to share that I’ve signed a three-season deal to host The Late Late Show beginning this September.
I’m being paid €250,000 per 30-show season. If additional shows are requested by RTE, they’ll be paid on a pro-rata basis.
I’m also receiving a one-off payment of €20,000 to cover the pre-production and rehearsals from now to September.
The contract allows me to submit flight and accommodation expenses, but I’ve waived this. I’ve made it clear to RTE that I will be covering my own flights and accommodation costs.
I’ve also asked RTE to carbon offset my flights.
I genuinely hope this helps clarify things going forward. I can’t wait to get started.”