Paul O'Grady slams celeb tears

Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady has slammed celebrities who burst into tears on genealogy documentary series 'Who Do you Think You Are?', and insists there are too many tears on TV nowadays.

Paul O'Grady has slammed celebrities who burst into tears on 'Who Do you Think You Are?'.

The 'For the Love of Dogs' presenter thinks there is too much emotion shown on TV, but especially on the genealogy documentary series - which sees a star go on a journey to trace his or her family tree - because the events discovered in the programme happened so long ago.

He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I'm very cautious about not crying on TV because there's too much of it, like on 'Who Do You Think You Are?'.

"They are like, 'Oh, my Great Great Great Grandmother sold mattresses in the snow.' Yeah, but it was a long time ago love and you never knew her so there's no need to break your heart."

The 57-year-old star insists he tried everything from "biting my cheeks and pinching my leg" to avoid crying on the first episode of For the Love of Dogs' second series recently, but he found it impossible to hold back his tears after being told a dog was terminally ill.

He added: "If people ever wanted to see a grown man cry then they should have watched the first episode because I'm in bits.

"When you're actually dealing with a dog that's so ill and isn't going to pull through or it's terminally ill and you've become extremely fond of it then that's the worst.

"That's what's happened to me on this series. There's a lovely old bulldog called Frankie and he's got a terminal disease. So he's gone off to live out his final days in the countryside and of course when Sean the vet told me that I couldn't hold it back.

"I was doing my best, I was biting my cheeks and pinching my leg. I was doing all sorts but I couldn't, I just lost it. It's quite tough. It's a job where I go home and most of the nights I worry about them. It doesn't end after the shoot."


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