Alan Titchmarsh hits back at Paul O'Grady's copy-cat claims
Alan Titchmarsh insists Paul O'Grady's claims he snatch his programme ideas made him "smile"
Alan Titchmarsh has shrugged off claims he copied Paul O'Grady's talk show ideas.
The 58-year-old comedian lashed out at the TV gardener recently stating that he and his team snatched 'The Paul O'Grady Show's structure, but Alan has since hit back, insisting the comments made him "smile".
Alan told The Sun newspaper: "I don't know where that came from but it made me smile.
"How a show is structured is entirely down to the producers, I just go on and do my job. Good luck to him.
"I don't bear him any animosity, but I don't know why he got so hot under the collar about it. If you can't say anything nice about someone don't say anything at all."
Meanwhile, Alan, 64, recently announced he is quitting his daytime chat show 'The Alan Titchmarsh Show' after seven years on the popular programme because he doesn't want to die young and miss out on his grandchildren growing up.
He said previously: "My dad died at 62 and I've outlived him. I just thought, 'Pace yourself, sunshine, don't go at it like a bull at a gate'.
"I'll never stop completely because I'd be bored rigid. But I think I should just ease up as I'd like to be around to see my grandchildren for quite a while."
The final series of 'The Alan Titchmarsh Show', which airs weekdays on ITV, will be filmed later this year.