Ricky Gervais responds to offer of replacing Paul O’Grady on popular dog themed show

Richard Bevan
Richard Bevan
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After the sad loss of the beloved TV personality Paul O’Grady earlier this year, ITV executives have been actively seeking a suitable replacement to host the cherished program “For the Love of Dogs.” Recent rumours suggest that comedian and actor Ricky Gervais has been approached to take on this role. However, Gervais has responded with what many people feel is a disappointing response.

The late Paul O’Grady captured the nation’s hearts with 11 series of “For the Love of Dogs.” The show provided an intimate look into the daily operations of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, showcasing the heartwarming stories of dogs finding new homes after being in care.

ITV bosses, eager to continue the show’s success, reportedly turned to Ricky Gervais for the hosting role. Gervais, known for his wit and love of animals, seemed like a fitting choice. However, the “Afterlife” star revealed that he had to turn down the opportunity.

O’Grady sadly passed away in March this year.

Gervais Opens Up About ITV Offer

I’ve already politely declined, I’m afraid. Nice to be asked though,” Gervais told The Sun. Fans were quick to express their disappointment on social media, with many hoping Gervais would reconsider. One Twitter user wrote: “This may be the most devastating tweet of all time”.

The news comes in the aftermath of the emotional farewell to Paul O’Grady in the final episode of “For the Love of Dogs.” The presenter, also known for his drag queen persona Lily Savage, passed away peacefully at the age of 67. The farewell episode left viewers in tears as they bid farewell to the beloved TV personality.

Ricky Gervais, 62, a renowned animal lover and advocate for animal rights, seemed like a natural fit for a show dedicated to the welfare of dogs. However, despite the disappointment among fans, Gervais cited a busy schedule as the reason for turning down the offer.

In a tweet responding to a fan’s inquiry about the rumours, Gervais confirmed, “It’s true that I was asked, but I said no, I’m afraid. Just too busy.”

The Search For A Replacement Goes On

Following O’Grady’s passing, there have been discussions about potential replacements, with names like Amanda Holden and Martin Clunes circulating in the media. However, it seems the search for O’Grady’s successor continues.

The programme has raised thousands for Battersea Dog’s Home.

Paul’s impact on animal welfare was profound. It was evident in the overwhelming public support and donations that poured into Battersea Dogs & Cats Home after his passing. The charity set up a tribute fund that surpassed £100,000, a testament to the admiration for the late TV personality.

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