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Laura Whitmore hits out over Hopkins's Late Late Show appearence

NewsBy Esther McCarthy
Laura Whitmore hits out over Hopkins's Late Late Show appearence

Laura Whitmore yesterday attacked the Late Late Show for courting controversial columnist Katie Hopkins — and claimed her appearance on the show to support an Irish charity was dropped at the last minute.

The top TV presenter spoke of her frustration with the Late Late amid growing outcry over the appearance of Hopkins. 

The pro-Trump pundit’s shrill behaviour on Friday night’s show led Ryan Tubridy to accuse her of behaving like a child.

Yesterday Whitmore had a pop at the Late Late via her Twitter account. “I was booked to go on the Late Late show a year ago to talk about my child sponsorship with Plan Ireland,” she said, adding that she sponsors a little girl in the Philipppines. 

“I had made a trip a month before to raise awareness of the children, specifically females, taken out of school too young to support their families. 

“It was cancelled last minute and I was informed the charity had been told by the producer they don’t like doing those ‘charity pieces’,” she claimed. 

“It angers me that certain other people who don’t need such a platform are given it to spread negativity and, let’s face it, absolute nonsense,” she said, in what appears to be a reference to Hopkins. 

The show was widely criticised this week for booking Hopkins, the controversial columnist who has been a vocal supporter of Donald Trump throughout his election campaign. She has previously sparked controversy with her views on migration and feminism and has been accused of inciting racial hatred. 

Last night it was revealed that over 1,300 complaints were made to RTE in advance of the show, in which Hopkins frequently shouted over other contributors, declared herself “a proud Brexiteer” and said: “I’d rather be grabbed by the p***y than have a p***y for president.”

Even Tubridy revealed he “didn’t personally want her on” and said it was a team decision. “Katie Hopkins does the job, she comes on and expresses an opinion that is contrary and difficult, but it starts a conversation.” 

Last week Whitmore became the seventh celebrity to leave this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. “It’s upsetting to leave,” she said later. “Strictly is a family but, you know, it’s not a funeral. I will stay in contact with all these people.”