ITV Announces Paul O’Grady Successor For Love Of Dogs

ITV has announced that Alison Hammond will take over the helm of animal rescue series For The Love Of Dogs.

The show was originally hosted by Paul O’Grady from its inception in 2012 until his death last year.

On Tuesday morning, it was revealed that the This Morning favorite would be the new host, with filming already underway at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

“I am acutely aware that I will never be able to replace the iconic Paul on this incredible series,” Alison said in a statement. “But if I can continue to highlight the brilliant work being done at Battersea and help tell the stories of these beautiful dogs, then it would be an honor for me to give it my all.”

Alison added: “I can’t wait to share in the excitement of their search for a loving new forever home and hopefully make lots of furry friends along the way!”

Paul died in March 2023 at the age of 67, after suffering sudden cardiac arrhythmia.

Her husband Antonio Portasio said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul passed away unexpectedly but peacefully last evening.

“We ask that, in this difficult time, as you celebrate his life, you also respect our privacy as we come to terms with this loss.

“He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, his friends, his family, his animals and everyone who loved his humor, wit and compassion.

“I know he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years.”

Paul received an NTA for For The Love Of Dogs in 2019Paul received an NTA for For The Love Of Dogs in 2019

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Ricky Gervais previously revealed he had turned down an offer to helm the upcoming For The Love Of Dogs series, while Amanda Holden and Martin Clunes have also been touted as potential replacements for the late creator Lily Savage.

The presenter, comedian and animal lover made his final appearance on screen in another ITV documentary, Paul O’Grady’s The Great Elephant Adventure.

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