Irish actor Gabriel Byrne paid tribute to the late Gay Byrne via text message on the Late Late Show.
The show, which usually airs on a Friday, aired a one-off live special on Tuesday night – which saw a host of the broadcaster’s peers pay their respects.
Speaking on the show, Riverdance founder John McColgan shared a text message sent to him by Gabriel Byrne.
“I will always remember him for his kindness and generosity to me over the years.”
“He is absolutely resolute and unselfish in his encouragement, not just of me but so many people starting out in their careers.”
“Over the years I have done all of the major chat shows in the U.S and in Britain and all the famous hosts, but Gay Byrne was the best of them.”
In 2010, Gabriel appeared on Gay’s show “The Meaning of Life” where he discussed his struggle with alcohol and depression.
He also appeared on The Late Late Show with Gay many times throughout the years.