Paul O'Grady Actually Turned Down 'Blind Date', But Changed His Mind For The Best Reason

He had initial reservations when Channel 5 approached him for the job.

20/03/2017 11:13

Paul O’Grady has admitted he initially turned down the chance to front ‘Blind Date’, but changed his mind when he realised she would have found it hilarious.

The Liverpudlian comic was announced as the new host of the upcoming Channel 5 reboot of the classic dating show, taking over from his late best friend, who presented its entire original run from 1985 to 2003. 

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Paul O'Grady and Cilla Black

Speaking to The Mirror about succeeding Cilla in the role, he said: “When they asked me I said no, because it’s so firmly associated with Cilla.

Paul also insisted the new series would honour Cilla’s memory, as well as remaining “true” to its roots of good, clean humour.

A shake-up of the show will see LGBT+ contestants able to participate, unlike in the original ITV series, a move which Paul hailed as “brilliant”.

Cilla hosted 'Blind Date' from 1985 to 2003

It has also been rumoured Paul will be joined on ‘Blind Date’ by ‘I’m A Celebrity’ winner-turned-presenter Vicky Pattison, who Robert had previously been supportive of when she was first linked to the show. 

‘Blind Date’ launches on Channel 5 in the summer. 

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