Ryan Tubridy says Toy Show gaffe was a 'B-bomb not an F-bomb'

The Late Late Toy Show was a big success.
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James Cox

This year's Late Late Toy Show was a huge success for Ryan Tubridy and RTÉ.

The show's annual charity appeal raised €6.4 million and there were no blips in the show, well almost.

A clip of the host momentarily letting his guard down went viral as Tubridy cursed after spilling some fizzy orange.

He's only human though and Tubridy wasn't too bothered at all as he celebrated another hugely successful show on his RTÉ radio 1 programme today.

Discussing the expletive, Tubridy said: "My phone melted.”

However, he claims it wasn't the expletive that most people believed he uttered.

“Listen closely,” he said, adding that it was a "B-bomb" that rhymes with “pollocks”.

The clip has since been removed from the RTÉ Player. Tubridy said he's “no angel” but the gaffe did nothing to take away from the show.


The volume of donations made on Friday night caused the system to crash, leading to an intervention by the Irish brothers behind the online payment platform Stripe.

The multibillion-dollar Silicon Valley business is owned by Limerick brothers Patrick and John Collinson.

During the programme, Patrick tweeted to say they had increased the capacity for RTÉ Toy Show appeal fivefold – in addition to donating €100,000 themselves.

Patrick wrote: “The @Stripe team just 5x’d the capacity for the RTE Toy Show Appeal. We aren’t seeing any issues right now.

“By the way, John and I will personally donate €100,000 to the appeal, too.”

Over one million people tuned into the show, which had a theme based on the work of Roald Dahl.

Viewers were overwhelmed when they were introduced to an “inspirational little girl”, Saoirse Ruane.

She bravely opened up about having to have her leg amputated as a result of tumour last year.

It was after Saoirse’s appearance that Ryan Tubridy launched the appeal, which saw donations come flooding in.


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