Presenter Ryan Tubrady has been criticized for “silencing the discussion about suicide” after Friday’s episode of The Late Late Show.
Among the Friday show’s guests are bakery owner and author Una Leonard, who previously struggled with anorexia and bulimia, as well as suicidal thoughts.
Speaking on the Late Late Show, Ona discussed how her eating disorder developed in her fifth and sixth year of high school. She revealed how she began to feel “self-conscious” by eating in front of people.
Una told Ryan Tobride how she dreads the bell at lunch every day.
When she went to college, her eating disorder gradually worsened—Ona moved to Galway to study culinary arts and business, and talked about how her housemates didn’t pay much attention to her lack of eating because she was never at home.
While she was struggling with an eating disorder, Una took another serious blow when her beloved grandmother passed away – who revealed she had lived with her her whole life.
Ona spoke of her lack of understanding of death, and the grief of losing her grandmother was so great that she could not stand it.
She said, “I didn’t care about anything… I definitely didn’t care about myself.”
Ona detailed the moment she decided to take her life.
She said, ‘I don’t like to say it as a positive thing, but I remember after weeks and weeks of hell, weeks and weeks of panic attacks – not being able to be with my friends; Not wanting to be there, I made a decision to commit suicide.
I will never forget it. I remember where I was sitting; I finally remember being able to breathe fully and correctly, and say, “Yes, I’m making the right decision.”
Late Show host Ryan Tubrady was quick to enter his guest and quickly told her that he hated the positivity she had associated with her choices.
Ryan speaking over Una, he said, ‘I don’t like it. It makes me very uncomfortable. I don’t want to take away your happiness with this feeling of liberation, but if you had embraced that happiness, you wouldn’t be sitting here. Do you understand?’
Although Ona agreed to the horror of happiness and indicated that it was “only a few seconds”.
Ryan insisted that the story move forward, revealing that he was careful not to associate people in like-minded situations with this sense of happiness in connection with the decision surrounding suicide.
take to TwitterViewers called Ryan Tobride out for his “absolutely shocking response” to Ona’s opening up about her suicidal thoughts.
One viewer said: “#ryantubridy with a very shocking response to someone opening up to suicidal thoughts…#LateLateShow.”
Another added: ‘There are many things I don’t like about Ryan Tubride, but telling a young woman, who was brave enough to speak up and talk about her struggles with food and suicidal thoughts, to stop describing how she felt because that made him ‘uncomfortable’. Right there #LateLateShow. “
– Adam Oh (@ptadamoh) September 16, 2022
A third tweeted: “Especially because this feeling of happiness and relief is something that is rarely talked about and will help shed some light on why some people deal with it. It’s rare to talk about it shutting down immediately.
Moving on from the discussion, at Ryan Tubridy’s request, Una skipped the part where she got off the edge – she said, “Thank God, I got help.
It’s hard to balance duty of care but I wish Ryan had let Una Leonard tell her whole story. We need to stop silencing the discussion about suicide. #LateLateShow
– Lisa Ann Campbell (LACAMP) September 16, 2022
The bakery owner revealed that she spoke out and asked the nurses to come to her house daily – to make sure she was taking her medication and eating her food.
The turning point came when her two-year-old nephew asked her to bake him a John Deere tractor cake. She joked that he did not ask to see her business profile, only that she was confident in her ability to fulfill such a request.
Una has since opened her own coffee shop and bakery, 2210. Her first book came out next week.