Paul O’Grady, 64, reveals he’s stepping down from his BBC radio show to go into self-isolation due to heart problems… amid COVID-19 crisis
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Paul O’Grady has revealed he’s stepping down from his BBC Radio 2 show to go into self-isolation for fear the ongoing coronavirus crisis could affect his heart issues.
Due to his pre-existing issues putting him in the at-risk category, the 64-year-old broadcaster, who has had three heart attacks, is in the NHS advised at-risk category.
In his message, which was shared on BBC Radio 2’s Twitter account on Monday, the star quipped: ‘I’d only been back for one show after an absence and I’m off again!
Stepping down: Paul O’Grady has revealed he’s stepping down from his BBC Radio 2 show to go into self-isolation for fear the ongoing coronavirus crisis could affect his heart issues
‘But I’m one of these people who falls into the category of underlying health problems and that’s because I’ve had heart attacks.
‘I’ve been strongly advised to self-isolate, so that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m down in the wilds of Kent with a very lively five weeks old puppy, so I’ve got my hands full and I’ve got plenty to do, and I’d just like to say to everybody else who’s self isolating – good luck and keep healthy and look after yourselves.
‘And a big thank you to everyone in the NHS for all they’re doing. I’ll speak to you all when all this is finished so take care and once again Paddy, thanks very much and have a good show,” he said to his replacement.
At-risk: Due to his pre-existing issues putting him in the at-risk category, the 64-year-old broadcaster, who has had three heart attacks, explained his reasons for leaving his show
The TV and radio personality lives in Kent countryside with his husband of three years, Andre Portasio.
His announcement comes a day after it was revealed that Lorraine and Loose Women have been suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.
ITV daytime confirmed in a statement on Sunday that neither show would continue as of Monday 23rd March, with Lorraine Kelly joining an extended version of GMB, and This Morning continuing ‘as usual’.
Bosses confirmed that they have been reducing crew numbers over the last week with the next steps allowing them to strip team backs further, with ‘the aim of Daytime content continuing to air for as long as possible’.
Love and marriage: The TV and radio personality lives in Kent countryside with his husband of three years, Andre Portasio. Pictured together in January 2018
The statement read: ‘ITV Daytime has taken the decision to stop broadcasting Lorraine and Loose Women live from Monday 23rd March.
‘This decision has been made to minimise the number of staff travelling in and out of our studios and working together on shift at any one time.
‘We’re focusing our efforts on providing to viewers the latest news on the rapidly changing situation which aims to offer some stability and continuity in all our lives whilst so many of us are at home right now.
‘That’s why we have taken this tough decision to protect our GMB News programme in the morning and keep This Morning on air for as long as possible.
Axed: His announcement comes after it was revealed that Lorraine and Loose Women have been suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic
Gone! ITV daytime confirmed in a statement on Sunday that neither show would continue as of Monday 23rd March
‘From Monday we will be running an extended version of Good Morning Britain from 0600 until 10am.
‘At 9am Lorraine Kelly will join Piers in the GMB studio for the last hour and then hand straight over to the This Morning studio with Phillip and Holly as usual running from 10am until 1230pm.
‘We will then run some of our most favourite repeat episodes of Loose Women from 12.30pm to 1.30pm to give viewers something to smile about each day at lunchtime.
‘We have been reducing our crew numbers over the last week and these changes will enable us to reduce them further and help us build further resilience with the aim of Daytime content continuing to air for as long as possible.
Keeping her on screen: Lorraine Kelly is set to join an EXTENDED version of GMB
No change here! This Morning will continue ‘as usual’ with with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield as co-hosts
‘Safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved with our programmes is our priority and in this dynamically developing situation we will obviously continue to review these new arrangements on a day by day basis and follow at all times the latest PHE and WHO guidelines.’
Which UK shows have stopped filming?
Line Of Duty
Pobol y Cwm
Call The Midwife
The Only Way Is Essex
Shows across the nation hang in the balance as the global crisis continues to worsen, with long-running soaps such as Coronation Street, EastEnders and Holby being suspended.
ITV were also recently forced to postpone The Voice’s live semi-final and grand finale amid the pandemic.
An ITV representative confirmed to MailOnline: ‘We are in a developing and dynamic situation so we’re complying with the guidance from Public Health England and the World Health Organisation to make sure we keep everyone as safe and secure as possible.
‘We have taken the difficult decision to postpone The Voice UK Semi-Final and Final until later this year.
‘We will continue to monitor the situation and announce a new date for these shows, which were due on air on the 28th March and 4th April, in due course.
‘We are working to produce two bespoke, clip based specials of The Voice UK to air in place of the Semi Final and Final on the 28th March and the 4th April respectively.’
Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway aired without a studio audience for the first time this weekend, last week Loose Women aired without a studio audience.
Coronavirus was classed a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) last week, leading countries such as Italy, Spain and China to implement nationwide lockdowns.
Sporting events, music festival and other social gatherings have been either cancelled or postponed due to the crisis.
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