Ryan Tubridy has revealed that he had a seriously awkward moment with Bruce Springsteen in a lift.
The chat show host flew over to London to interview the musician for the Late Late Show – the first time the show has flown abroad for an interview in almost 30 years.
“I looked at [Bruce] and I had that moment that you have when you meet somebody really famous that you’ve never met before, which is, ‘You’re not real,'” he recalled.
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The presenter said that he was due to meet Bruce at 4.45 but came half an hour early just to be sure he was on time.
“I had to go to the sixth floor, but I suppose in the run of things, whatever, [I] pressed the sixth button and the lift got to a floor, and the lift doors opened,” he explained on his RTE Radio 1 show.
“As we were trying to get out of the lift there were three people standing trying to get into the lift. You know when you get out of the train and you see people trying to get on? It was Bruce Springsteen, with two [other] heads.
“I looked at him and I had that moment that you have when you meet somebody really famous that you’ve never met before, which is, ‘You’re not real. You’re from Madame Tussaud’s or you are a cartoon and you can’t be standing in front of me at a lift trying to get in because I’m trying to get out, because that’s just too weird.”
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“I said, ‘Oh hello!’ and I stuck my hand out and said, ‘I’m talking to you’. And he said, ‘Yeah, I know!’ And I said, ‘I mean later!’ Oh God!
“I was meant to be floor six but it was floor three. But it was just a bit tricky – if he’d got in the lift with us we would’ve been looking at each other going, ‘What’s going on here?'” he added.
The interview will be aired tonight on the Late Late Show on RTÉ One at 9:35pm.