Paul O’Grady agreed to host Blind Date because he did not want any reality star to do it


The 61-year-old has replaced his late best friend, Cilla Black, who host the show for almost tree decades (1985-2003). But it took time to convince Mr. O’Grady to step into Cilla’s shoes. “I said no at first. I was very wary because Cilla’s so associated with it and it’s such an iconic show. I didn’t want to mess it up,”< he told TVTimes, “Then I was terrified they were going to give it to some reality person to host, and it would be shunted to a late-night slot between programmes called Dogs On The Dole and My Left Breast.” Going on he said: “I told Channel 5 I don’t want any of the TOWIE lot or contestants that have been on telly before. There’s too much of that on TV now and I’m not interested.” In the first episode host by O'Grady he forgave the names of contestants. He admired Cilla Black joking that one can do such a job only under the effect of drugs. When O’Grady announced he would be stepping into his late friend’s shoes as the host he said: “Blind Date is an incredibly special family show which brought laughter, tears and joy to TV viewers throughout out the land. I am honoured to present the brand new series and after speaking to Channel 5, I know the series is in safe hands. I can’t wait to see if we can find love.”


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