Paul O'Grady's chat show 'pressure'

Paul O'Grady is returning to host 'The Paul O'Grady Show' on ITV1 next year, but admits he feels "pressure" to attract some A-list stars to the teatime programme

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Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady feels "pressure" to attract A-list stars to his chat show.

The 57-year-old TV presenter is returning to host 'The Paul O'Grady Show' next year after a three-year break from the programme - which first launched on daytime ITV in 2004 and then moved to Channel 4 in 2006 - and admits he feels the need to get big-name stars on the teatime show to impress expectant viewers.

He said: "On prime time you have pressure to have A-listers. Anyone with an American accent is classed as an A-lister.

"The big American stars have a PR telling you what to ask and you think, 'What am I? Part of a publicity machine?' With daytime TV you can come on dressed as a sausage."

Paul - who has had two heart attacks - admits he finally gave in to ITV after the public kept asking him when he was going to present 'The Paul O'Grady Show' again.

He added to The Sun newspaper: "I'm doing it, I'm going to go back and do the teatime show for ITV.

"I've given in because every time I get in a cab or go to the supermarket they ask when I'm going to do it again, so I'm going to do a limited run."

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