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Ariel Helwani tells Katie Taylor it is his dream to appear on RTE's Late Late Toy Show

Popular MMA journalist Ariel Helwani has revealed it is his dream to appear on RTE's Late Late Show Toy Show.

The Canadian was interviewing Katie Taylor following her recent victory over Argentina's Karen Elizabeth Carabajal when he explained his love for the once a year special.

Helwani previously said he wished that a similar show existed in America following Taylor's appearance on the 2019 edition.

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And speaking on the latest episode of his show, The MMA Hour, he explained: "I love it. My dream is to be on it. If they want me on the Toy Show, I'd be happy to fly over for it. It's just tremendous. There's nothing wholesome like that over here. We don't have that type of programming in America.

"I think it's tremendous and when you come on with the little kids and they're all excited to meet you, it's amazing and it just shows a glimpse into the connection you have with your countrymates. It's just amazing."

This year's Toy Show takes place on Friday, November 25, with just three more weeks to go until one of Ireland's biggest TV nights of the year.

And Tubridy revealed earlier this year that he is now booked out for the foreseeable future as preparations are in full swing for the annual festive event, which will be shown on RTE One.

Speaking on his RTE Radio One show on Tuesday morning, he said: “Today is the 1st of November so if you are a friend or an associate of mine and you need me, i’ll see you in and around the 27th of December…I’m gone.

“I have.. every minute of every hour of every day every hour and every day is jammed. We were looking at the diary today and how we laughed.

Ryan Tubridy (PA)

“Our heads were thrown back with laughter like the end of an old Tarzan cartoon.

“We had our hands on our hips and our heads were thrown back as we laughed, knowing that any gap in the diary has been filled.”

The Dubliner, 48, who is just back to work on the airwaves after a week off last week went on: “Even when I wasn’t here for a few days last week it was being filled by people with access to the diary.

“When I say the diary, it is literally a hard copy thing on the desk and people just fill it in, and say ‘I think we will just tell him to do this’...

“I am Pinocchio to their Geppetto and that is all it is. And I'm looking forward to it,” he added laughing.

“And when we finish here today we have interviews to do for Toy Show related activities and dances to learn and singing to learn, and toys to look at. I’m just telling you that is where it is.”


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