Paul O'Grady thrilled with new show

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 August 2012
Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady says his new TV show, 'Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs. Set in Battersea Dogs & Cats Home', is one of the best jobs he's ever had, because he loves animals so much

Paul O'Grady says his new TV show is one of the best jobs he's ever had.

The talk show host is fronting ITV1 series 'Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs. Set in Battersea Dogs & Cats Home' - which follows the ups and downs of life at the re-homing centre - and he loved every minute of filming because animals play such an important part in his life.

He said: "It was originally only meant to be a little show. I'd never been to Battersea Dogs Home before - but when I got there I thought to myself: 'What am I going to achieve in six days?' Which was the original time planned for filming.

"It was one of the best jobs I've ever done. Every day I went home covered in slobber, dog hairs and reeking, but it didn't bother me. It was a case of trying to keep me away - the place really got under my skin."

Paul, 57, also said filming the series put him off ever eating meat again and he is now a vegetarian.

He told The Sun newspaper: "I could no more eat lamb than I could eat a baby, honestly. I can't eat pork any more and I've never touched eggs. I've never tried chicken or duck or turkey.

"I came back from China recently and I fancied a steak. I bought a really thick one and put it on the grill and then threw up. I thought, 'This is disgusting.' It hit me what I was eating. It was something that had been alive and was an animal I would probably have liked and given a name to.

"I'm the worst veggie cook and I was a real meat and potatoes man, so it's been a nightmare for me. I've got a limited imagination when it comes to food but I'm learning. I made a brilliant chilli con carne out of Quorn recently and it tastes just as nice."

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