Almost 700 complaints lodged about Katie Hopkins upcoming Late Late appearance

Katie Hopkins
Katie Hopkins

RTÉ have received close to 700 complaints about controversial columnist Katie Hopkins' appearance on this Friday’s Late Late Show.

So far RTÉ has received 676 emails critical of Hopkins appearing on the flagship programme.

Hopkins, who is due to talk about her US President Elect Donald Trump, announced on Twitter that she would be appearing on the programme.

But the news upset many viewers who felt the national broadcaster should not be giving Hopkins such a prominent platform.

Yesterday, Ryan Tubridy explained why Hopkins had been chosen;  “It has been a controversial week around the globe with a controversial election result so we are going to reflect that with a controversial guest.

“Katie Hopkins does a job, she comes on, she expresses an opinion that is contrary and difficult but it starts a conversation.”

RTE also issued a statement explaining why they decided Hopkins would be a suitable guest.

“Donald Trump's victory has been one of the biggest political upsets of our time,” a statement read.

“Donald Trump himself expressed many controversial views during the campaign and is now President Elect.

“Katie Hopkins is one of his most vocal supporters in the UK. She'll be giving her take on why his message resonated with American voters, and her promise to move to America in the event of a Trump victory.

“The American election and its aftermath has been  and will continue to be covered extensively across of range of RTÉ's output.”

Hopkins has appeared three times on the Late Late Show since 2014 - once to discuss obesity in which she described overweight people as "fatties".

Yesterday Ryan Tubridy launched new charity CD 'As seen on The Late Late Show' in RTÉ.

The double album features more than 40 music acts that have performed on RTÉ’s flagship show over the past ten years.

Some of the stars on the album are U2, Michael Bublé, Robbie Williams, Ellie Goulding, One Direction, Josh Groban, The Script, and 5 Seconds of Summer.

It also includes Ed Sheeran’s ‘as Gaeilge’ version of his hit ‘Thinking Out Loud’.

All proceeds from the sales will go to the St Vincent de Paul.