Paul O'Grady tired of talk shows

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 December 2011
Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady is quitting hosting a chat show because he ran out of things to say to some of his guests

Paul O'Grady is quitting chat shows because he ran out of things to say to his guests.

The host is leaving his eponymous chat show on ITV at the end of the current series, and admits he has grown tired of having to research the products his celebrity interviewees would appear to promote.

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I'd often end up with a guest I'd had on the couch six times and think, 'What are we going to talk about?'

"And people weren't coming on for a chat, they were plugging a book or a film or a TV show. Some weeks I'd have nine books to read. I'd plough through them, then try to watch all the films. It became all-consuming and I felt I was becoming part of the PR machine."

Paul was involved with the pilot episode of 'Britain's Got Talent', and now he is looking for new work, he'd consider returning to the show - though he has mixed feelings about being a judge.

He said: "I'd consider it most definitely, but if they did ask me I'd have to have a good think. You have to sit through all those bum acts at the auditions - some of them are dreadful.

"And I really hate the ones that say they're burlesque artistes. No you're not, you've got a bit of tinsel wrapped round your bra.

"I'd be very worried that I'd say too much. It's a tough job. You've got to be honest with people, but you can end up Mr Nasty or bland. I'd be honest, but I couldn't tell kids they were rubbish - I wouldn't be able to sleep when I got home if I reduced somebody to tears. I'd hate it. Who wants to earn a living doing that?"

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