There was a very awkward on-air silence between Ryan Tubridy and Hugh Jackman today 7 months ago

There was a very awkward on-air silence between Ryan Tubridy and Hugh Jackman today

Our nerves...

Live interviews don't always go to plan but our hearts went out to Ryan Tubridy today during a particularly awkward on-air moment with Hugh Jackman.

Ryan was talking to the Hollywood star over the phone about his new film The Front Runner.

The chat between the two men flowed initially but Ryan was suddenly caught on the hop when Hugh went silent, seeming to have hung up mid-interview.

There were 20 seconds of excruciating dead air as listeners willed the broadcaster to save the segment.

There was a very awkward on-air silence between Ryan Tubridy and Hugh Jackman today

The silence was eventually broken when Hugh shouted down the phone, "That was my Irish goodbye!"

Ryan, who had been talking about the concept of the Irish goodbye earlier in the show, was audibly relieved that it had just been a prank.

"You’re kidding me!" he exclaimed.

"You completely got me. I thought your PR guys just said, ‘he’s got to go, kill it’.”

Hugh joked that he might pull the same stunt when he brings his live stage show The Man, The Music, The Show to Dublin's 3 Arena later this year.

There was a very awkward on-air silence between Ryan Tubridy and Hugh Jackman today

"Can I do the Irish goodbye on stage?," he asked.

"That could be a first. Three quarters of the way through the show, I could do it in Dublin."

Here's hoping that Ryan's interviews on tonight's Late Late Show go a little more smoothly.

Guests including Saoirse Ronan, Barry Keoghan, John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan will be joining him for a chat.