20/03/2017 11:13 GMT

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.

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
Cilla hosted 'Blind Date' from 1985 to 2003
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