Paul O’Grady hints he will step down from Blind Date

Paul O’Grady has hinted he will step down from hosting Blind Date on Channel 5.


After more than a decade off air, Blind Date first made its return to TV in 2017 with a brand new host on a brand new home.

Paul O’Grady replaced the late Cilla Black on the show which airs on Channel 5.

However in a recent interview, Paul has suggested he’s set to quit the show.

“I don’t think I am going to do any more,” he told the Daily Mirror newspaper. “I will have to have a word with Channel 5.”

The telly host explained how at times he felt “uncomfortable” standing in Cilla’s place.

Paul said: “For the first series, I hated the set and I felt really uncomfortable. I was saying, ‘what is your name number one, where do you come from?’ and my arms would go out and knee bend, and I kept thinking I am turning into Cilla.”


“I have got a lot on – this is it as well,” he added.

The revived series has brought in some good ratings for Channel 5, offering to find love for anyone who’s single.

Episodes have included same sex couples, OAPs and one special even saw singletons matched up alongside their pet dogs.

“We’ve moved on now, haven’t we?” Paul said while fronting the show last year. “I didn’t even have to fight for that, they were all for it.”

And Paul continued: “We’ve got the over-seventies, too. You name it, we’ve got it.

“We’ve gone big time for diversity because look at the world we live in, it’s as it should be.”

Alongside Paul, the new series has featured Melanie Sykes in place of Graham Skidmore – affectionately known as ‘Our Graham’ – as the show’s voice over.


Blind Date airs on Channel 5.

You can watch episodes online now via My5.

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