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Ryan Tubridy jokes about 'age-gate' on Late Late Show

It comes after he was accused of misogyny by actor Jamie Lee O'Donnell

Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy. Photo: Andres Poveda

Clodagh Meaney

Ryan Tubridy opened Friday night’s Late Late show with a joke about his recent clash with actor Jamie Lee O’Donnell about her age.

The Late Late Show host was accused of misogyny by the Derry Girls star.

Appearing on the show last Friday, O’Donnell who plays Michelle Mallon in the hit Channel 4 drama, called Tubridy out for asking her about her age.

“This might be a rude question, you don't have to answer - but can I ask you how old you are?" Tubridy said.

"I'm 117. I'm very, very wise,” she joked.

He pressed her on the subject again asking: "Would you consider telling me what age you are?"

"This is the thing about it that gets on my nerves a wee bit, no disrespect,” she began.

“It's always quite misogynistic even if it's unintentionally because men don't get the same scrutiny in their career."

Ryan tried to redeem himself by telling her: "I would definitely have asked the male actor the same question too."

To which she replied: "You say that now but there's nobody here to take your word for it."

"I was saying that you are great characters playing teenagers,” Ryan said, defending himself.

“That's what I was getting at - the fact that you're of a certain age that play teenagers and do it so well.”

Jamie-Lee O’Donnell arriving at the premiere for the third series of Channel 4’s Derry Girls at the Omniplex Cinema in Londonderry (Liam McBurney/PA)

"Actually there was a compliment coming there... please don't misunderstand,” he continued.

Flustered by her comment he said: "I'm done with that question, I'm going to move on. I can read the mood when I see it."

On Friday night’s show he told the audience: "You're like a bunch of kids who have been let out for the night, you know, teenagers.

"But sure lookit, isn't age just a number? Honest to God."

Adding: "Which is why our director won’t mind me wishing him a happy birthday on live television – it’s just a number Alan, so relax and enjoy yourself."

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