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‘The Paul O'Grady Show' Being Investigated By Ofcom After Presenter Inhales Helium On Live Pre-Watershed Show

19/05/2015 07:56 BST | Updated 19/05/2015 08:00 BST

Paul O’Grady’s ITV chat show is being investigated by Ofcom after he was shown inhaling helium on live TV.

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The broadcasting watchdog has opened the investigation to determine whether it was harmful to the presenter during the live pre-watershed show, which went out at 5pm last month.

Inhaling the gas is often used as a party trick, but it can prove fatal as it can cut off oxygen in the body.

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Paul O'Grady

An Ofcom spokesman said: "Ofcom has opened an investigation into whether it was harmful for the presenter to demonstrate inhaling helium gas during this live pre-watershed show."

It’s not the first time a celeb has sparked controversy for inhaling helium.

In March, Dame Helen Mirren inhaled the gas on Jimmy Fallon’s US chat show

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Helen Mirren And Jimmy Fallon
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The host produced two balloons from underneath his desk, and the pair proceeded to continue the interview while inhaling the gas.

The 69-year-old actress told him: "I haven't done this since I was about 11. This is the rude bit - suck in - ooh."

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