Amanda Holden could take over Paul OGradys For The Love Of Dogs after tragic death

Amanda Holden is reportedly being considered to take over hosting duties on Paul O’Grady’s For The Love Of Dogs.

The much-loved comedian passed away suddenly in March, leaving the future of his show hanging in the balance.

The first episode of the show aired in 2012, with Paul being the face of the programme up until his death.

Episodes filmed before Paul’s death went on to air in April, with his heartbroken fans left struggling to watch.

While fans feared it was the end of the show after Paul’s passing, it’s now reported that Amanda may continue it.

Plans aren’t set in stone however as ITV executives feel like it’s still “too raw”, but the shared opinion is that continuing the programme is “what Paul would have wanted”.

Speaking about Amanda taking over the reins, a TV insider told The Sun: “Amanda is the natural choice to take over the job, not just because she’s a seasoned presenter but because she also cares about the home and would do anything for them.”

OK! have contacted ITV and Amanda’s representatives for comment.

Elsewhere, Lorraine Kelly has suggested that Pop Idol star Will Young present For The Love Of Dogs as he’s had several rescue dogs himself.

Flattered at the thought, Will said while featuring on today’s Lorraine, Monday 22 May: "I'd love to that. It's so weird that you just said that because Paul, who was doing my hair and make-up today, said Paul O'Grady, you should do that show For The Love Of Dogs."

Will also lives in Battersea, arguably making him the perfect candidate.

Paul was just 67 at the time of his death, which was later confirmed to have been caused by the star going into sudden cardiac arrhythmia.

Sudden cardiac arrhythmia is when someone dies unexpectedly after going into cardiac arrest. It affects around 500 people a year in the UK and is often linked to heart disease.

It was Paul’s heartbroken husband Andre Partasio who confirmed the news of Paul’s passing.

“It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening,” he shared in a statement on 29 March.

“We ask, at this difficult time, that whilst you celebrate his life you also respect our privacy as we come to terms with this loss.

“He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.

“I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years.”


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