RTE star Ryan Tubridy bursts into tears as stranger pays for meal after Late Late Toy Show

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An exhausted Ryan Tubridy said he burst into tears after a stranger paid for his meal following the Late Late Toy Show.

Tubs returned to his show on RTE Radio 1 and shared the random act of kindness that moved him to tears.

The much-loved presenter was enjoying a meal with his daughter when he found out that a stranger had paid for their food.

The thoughtful gesture took the star completely by surprise and he started crying.

Ryan said: “”The day after the Toy Show myself and my eldest and I went for a big, long walk to walk it all off I was about to head home and watch Elf.

“And we walked past a restaurant, so we went in and we had a lovely meal and we had a little cocktail, and it was great.

“By the time we got to the end of the meal I said ‘could I have the bill please?’

“And the person came up and said actually one of the regular customers saw you here earlier on and as she was leaving she insisted on paying your bill to say thanks for the Toy Show.

“Do you know what I did? I cried.

“It was just so kind. I was flabbergasted.”

Ryan admitted that he was “banjaxed” but had been flooded with messages after Friday night’s record breaking show.

During the show, Finn Ryan rang the bell of hope live in studio after beating cancer and people at home celebrated with the young hero.

One listener’s email said that Finn’s story gave their own son a much-needed boost.

Their ten-year-old boy is currently going through cancer treatment and regularly hears the bell sound on St John’s Ward.

The email read: “He was delighted watching the show on Friday night and said one day that will be me, I will get to ring the bell.

“It gave him so much joy to see it. We talk about that bell when we hear it on St John’s. We have heard it ring out on the ward a few times, such a wonderful sound.

“Finn, thank you for showing us what we needed to see.”

The Late Late Toy Show’s donations have surpassed a staggering €6.5 million after a wave of donations on the night and throughout the weekend, including that of Revolut co-founder Vlad Yatsenko, who contributed an impressive €1.1 million to the fundraising efforts.

Friday’s show was one of the highest-rating TV programmes on a single channel on record in Ireland with an average audience of 1.8 million across the weekend.

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