Paul O’Grady final For The Love Of Dogs series given air date after star’s death

ITV has revealed the air date for Paul O’Grady’s For The Love Of Dogs show following his sudden death earlier this week.

National treasure and activist Paul, who made his big break as Drag Queen Lily Savage, tragically passed away on Wednesday.

Since then, tributes have poured in for the TV personality, with the likes of Susanna Reid, Elton John, Vanessa Feltz, Peter Kay, and Holly Willoughby all paying tribute to the late star.

Paul presented a number of acclaimed shows over the years, and one of the most popular was Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs, which first began airing back in 2012.

Following the TV legend's death, fans questioned how the show would continue without Paul at the helm.

ITV has now confirmed that the upcoming eleventh series will be hitting UK screens as planned, with the show returning on Thursday 13 April on ITV at 8.30 pm.

The show follows Paul as he tours the iconic Battersea Dogs & Cats Home while chatting with the staff and meeting animals looking for new homes.

ITV's Managing Director of Media and Entertainment, Kevin Lygo, said in a statement: "We are fortunate to have had a long association with Paul, at ITV.

“He was a huge, inimitable talent, delighting our viewers through his comedy and entertainment with a warmth, humour and joy that audiences of all generations related to and connected with.

“He had a profound passion for animals too, which resonated with so many viewers, and For The Love of Dogs remains one of our best-loved series, and a really special programme for so many.

“All those who worked with Paul are shocked and deeply saddened at his passing and the thoughts of everyone at ITV are with Paul’s loved ones."

Paul's husband, Andre Portasio, confirmed the heartbreaking news of his death on Thursday. His statement read: "It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.

"We ask, at this difficult time, that whilst 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, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.

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

The Queen Consort, Camilla, later said she was deeply saddened by the news, while friends close to the star said he was laughing and full of life on the day he died.


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