'Ridiculous' 'RTE can’t just bully you. I was genuinely angered and upset'- Shane Lynch on Late Late Show outburst
Fury: No apology for outburst
Boyzone star Shane Lynch has told of his anger towards RTE producers which lead to an infamous foul-mouthed outburst on the Late Late Show in 2018.
He spoke at a shoot for his new music video, All My Life, with his new supergroup Boyz On Block, who’ve amassed a whopping 38 top ten hits between them.
Shane famously aimed an x-rated outburst at presenter Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show two years ago after he attempted to tease the popstar and his Boyzone bandmates for their dancing performance on the same show in 1993, which was at the time hosted by the late Gay Byrne.
After Tubridy poked fun of the dancing in the early video clip, Shane responded by saying: “Here’s the story behind that clip, I busted my b*****ks to get here. Do ya see that clip? You can shove up it your f*****g hole.”
When asked if he was just messing about or was serious with Tubridy, Shane said: “I was being serious. We’ve often joked about it with Boyzone when on tour. But when you take a serious TV show, and a big TV conglomerate like RTE, you don’t goad somebody and point fingers.”
Referring to the 1993 clip, he explained: “That was a really hard time for us boys. We were young 17-year-old kids and that was a really difficult time both mentally and in terms of stress. To come and point fingers and say, ‘ha ha look at you guys’, is the most ridiculous form of bullying on TV.
“I know we can joke about it, and that’s fine. But the way they did it – if we had’ve known we were walking into that it would have been cool. But [before the show] they said they were going to show us in the best of light, talk about the fact Michael Jackson was at our gig and we sang with Pavarotti. They didn’t do any of that, they just tried to chop us down.
“As soon as Ryan said it, I was like, ‘f**k you man’. I was genuinely angered and upset by that, and a lot of the country went against me for that, saying that it was ridiculous behaviour and that I should be ashamed of myself, but I’m not ashamed. I stood up for what I truly believe in. RTE can’t just bully you, so that’s what I did.”
Shane spent this week travelling back and forth from Belfast to the Giant’s Causeway, where the band have been shooting the video for their new single, a cover of K-Ci and JoJo’s 1998 hit All My Life. Boyz On Block formed after performing together at a Pride gig last year.
The band consists of music industry veterans Abz (5ive), Dane Bowers (Another Level), Ben Ofoedu (Phats and Small), as well as Shane.
Ben said: “It was really organic, really natural. We were playing at Bournemouth Pride and me and Shane were booked together. I was MCing and Shane was DJing behind me. At one stage Shane and Dane were in a conversation about DJing and Dane came on stage. I remember thinking, ‘how did Dane get on stage!’
“Dane took the mic and started singing with me which was absolutely brilliant. Then Abz came on and the energy level just went up. Brandon Block the DJ saw us up there having such a great time and he came up on stage and started DJing, then Shane came forward and the crowd went wild and it just went from there.”
Speaking of recording during lockdown, Ben added: “When we recorded All My Life, we did it in separate houses, and the producers drove to each of our houses. At one stage the producer was sitting in his car with this mic lead running right up the street into the house, so the recording process was very new to us!”
For their new album, the band are recording a series of covers which they feel plays to their collective talents, a feelgood album to lift people during today’s uncertain times.
Abz explained: “The new album contains tracks that we love, that we feel we could really work with.”
With Shane hailing from these shores, and Abz’s mum originally from Letterkenny, Ben also spoke of his link with Ireland, where he and fiancee, TV personality Vanessa Feltz, have a home.
“I’ve just spent six weeks in Cork. Vanessa is in love with Ireland!” he said.
“We got engaged in Dublin, and one of the biggest things with Ireland is that we love the food. We were driving in Cork one day and we saw a house up for sale… now we’ve got chickens there and we even keep bees.”