Alison Hammond reportedly line-up to replace Paul O’Grady on much loved show

Richard Bevan
Richard Bevan
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This Morning host Alison Hammond is rumoured to be stepping into the big shoes left vacant by the late Paul O’Grady on the hit ITV show “For The Love Of Dogs.” According to insiders, ITV executives are considering Hammond to carry the torch of the beloved comedian, who passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in March last year at the age of 67.

The show, which takes place at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, became a staple for dog lovers. O’Grady’s final episode, which aired in August after an 11-year run, left viewers in tears with a heartwarming tribute. Now, TV bosses are keen to continue the program as a fitting tribute to the late ambassador and volunteer. Word has it that Alison Hammond, 48, has emerged as the frontrunner.

Alison Hammond Seen As Perfect Fit In The Eyes Of ITV Bosses

Current reports suggest that Alison Hammond is in contract talks with ITV for hosting “For The Love Of Dogs.” While nothing is confirmed, a source shared with The Mirror, ‘Paul is obviously irreplaceable, but they believe that not only does Alison bring some of Paul’s trademark self-deprecating humour to proceedings, but that she can also make it her own, just as Paul did.’

Paul O’Grady hosted the show from its inception in 2012 to the host’s sad passing in 2023.

As we stand, we’re still waiting for confirmation from ITV and Alison Hammond. The show, set in Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, became a cherished reality documentary series. Furthermore, “The Love Of Dogs” scooped numerous awards throughout its run from September 2012 to August 2023.

In each episode, O’Grady engaged with staff members, including head vet Shaun Opperman and head of canine welfare training Ali Taylor, to discuss the dogs in their care. The format saw viewers follow the journey of dogs arriving as strays or due to owners’ negligence. It showcased the heartwarming and sometimes challenging moments faced by both animals and caretakers.

O’Grady’s Passing A Huge Blow To British Television

Tragically, the beloved Paul O’Grady passed away in March last year, leaving behind a legacy of laughter and compassion. His husband, Andre Portasio, revealed the comedian’s final moments at a star-studded memorial. In a surprisingly open account, Portasio shared, “We’d had a very ordinary day, just watching TV together at home, when Paul said he wanted to make a ‘cup of tea,’ and that was our ­little code for rolling a spliff.” This ordinary moment became the last shared memory before O’Grady peacefully slipped away.

Alison Hammond has been a hugely popular host on This Morning.

Amid the speculation and reflections on O’Grady’s legacy, attention turns to Alison Hammond, who has become a household name over her two-decade-long career. Rising to fame after appearing on the third series of Big Brother 20 years ago, Hammond has solidified her place in the entertainment industry.

Despite her demanding schedule, juggling This Morning duties and co-presenting The Great British Bake Off, Alison Hammond is considered the top candidate for the role. The source further noted, “Alison would be a great signing… and as her ever-expanding portfolio of shows demonstrates, capable of putting her hand to anything.”

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