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Paddy Cosgrave pulls out of Late Late Show appearance

The Web Summit founder’s name had appeared on a list of guests due to appear on the show tomorrow.

Web Summit founder and CEO Paddy Cosgrave
Web Summit founder and CEO Paddy Cosgrave
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WEB SUMMIT FOUNDER Paddy Cosgrave has pulled out of an appearance of this Friday’s Late Late Show.

Cosgrave’s name appeared earlier today on the confirmed list of guests sent to media organisations.

A source has this evening confirmed to TheJournal.ie that he will not be appearing.

In a statement this evening, RTÉ has said: “Earlier this week The Late Late Show team contacted Paddy Cosgrave and invited him to appear on Friday night’s programme.

He confirmed in writing at that point that he had accepted the invitation. It is Mr Cosgrave’s right to decide that he no longer wants to appear on the programme. We are disappointed that he has now decided not to appear, however, the spot remains open should he change his mind.

This is not the first time this week that the Web Summit founders have clashed with the State broadcaster.

Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland on Tuesday, Cosgrave stated that he believed the government funding provided to the Web Summit over the past four years “amounts to nothing more than hush money”.

Yesterday, an interview between RTÉ newsreader Sharon Ní Bheoláin and Web Summit co-founder Daire Hickey drew scrutiny due to the critical tone taken by Ní Bheoláin.

The Web Summit has concluded this evening at the RDS and will be jetting off to Lisbon next year.

Speaking at the conference earlier today, the founder said that he was “fantastically excited” to be heading off to Lisbon next year.

Read: Paddy Cosgrave has told Dublin’s last Web Summit how excited he is about Lisbon

Also: What the 25-year-old Irish founder of a $5 billion company told the Web Summit

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