Emo­tions run high at Paul’s C4 fi­nale

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements -

TELE­VI­SION pre­sen­ter Paul O’Grady paid an emo­tional farewell to view­ers as his Chan­nel 4 chat show broad­cast its fi­nal episode last Fri­day. Mr O’Grady, who lives in Ald­ing­ton, has spent five years host­ing the show. He said: “I’ve been through so much but I have to thank you, my au­di­ence, you’ve got me through.” “I’ve been through a lot - my part­ner dy­ing, my dog dy­ing, two heart at­tacks, be­com­ing a grand­dad.” The fi­nal show in­cluded tributes from Whoopi Gold­berg and En­rique Igle­sias and ap­pear­ances by Corona­tion Street stars Wil­liams Roche (Ken Bar­low) and Bev­er­ley Cal­lard (Liz McDon­ald). Mr O’Grady told view­ers: “You’ve been great with all your let­ters and emails. My crew, every­one in the of­fice, they are bril­liant. This has been the best job in my life.” The show has come to an end af­ter 11 se­ries and Mr O’Grady has signed a peak­time en­ter­tain­ment deal with ITV, which will see him front a stu­dio-based se­ries next au­tumn. He has also re­vealed he is writ­ing a book. He added: “I pinch my­self reg­u­larly be­cause I can’t be­lieve I have met some of the peo­ple I have idolised. “The view­ers and stu­dio au­di­ence have been amaz­ing. From day one we’ve been in­un­dated with let­ters and e-mails telling us what they like about the show or of­fer­ing ad­vice.”

Pic­ture: Martin Apps

Paul O’Grady

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