Tuesday 20 February 2018

Paul O’Grady on the mend after ‘heart attack’ scare

Paul O'Grady is still in hospital
Paul O'Grady is still in hospital

Sherna Noah

TV star Paul O'Grady will be leaving hospital tomorrow after tests showed that "all is fine", his management has said.

The 58-year-old comedian, who has suffered from two heart attacks in the past, was admitted to hospital yesterday after feeling unwell.

Singer Michael Ball and presenter Stephen Mulhern were brought in to front O'Grady's ITV teatime chat show while he was away.

But the star, in a statement in which he also thanked fans and hospital staff "for their kindness", said he is now "feeling much better" following the suspected angina attack.

His management said that O'Grady had not undergone surgery and routine tests showed that he is well.

O'Grady, who also presents a Radio 2 show, is expected to return to work after resting for a few days at home.

In a statement, BM Creative Management said: "Paul O'Grady was admitted to hospital on Monday afternoon after feeling unwell.

"He has undergone routine tests which have shown all is fine. He will be going home tomorrow to rest for a few days before returning to work."

O'Grady said: "I am feeling much better - I would like to thank all the nursing staff for their kindness and everyone who has texted or phoned in wishing me well."

The star, who has been filming a new series of For The Love Of Dogs and spends much of his time with his animals on his farm in Kent, has returned with his ITV chat show after a four-year break.

ITV said that tomorrow’s chat show would be presented by Emma Willis, Thursday's by Vernon Kay and Friday's by Jo Brand.

O'Grady's Radio 2 show will continue as planned this weekend as he recorded the programme in advance. He has hosted a weekly two-hour show for the station since April 2009.

Celebrities sent messages of support to O'Grady on Twitter.

Phillip Schofield wrote: "Sending lots of love to Paul O'Grady tonight. Get well soon mate x"

O'Grady's friend, radio DJ Pete Price, told the Liverpool Echo that the comedian had been overworking.

He said: "I just love him to bits, and he has been overdoing it.

"He has just come back from Africa doing some work for a new TV show next year, and then there are all his animals and all the other things he does.

"When I saw he wasn't on TV, I texted to ask what had happened and he told me about it. He is a total workaholic, and I have told him he needs to take things easy."

Mulhern read messages of support for O'Grady as he stood-in for the host on his chat show.

Chris Moyles joked that the star still owed him "a tenner", Amanda Holden said that the comedian had "given me a scare" and Celebrity Big Brother winner Rylan Clark warned that O'Grady had to watch out that Mulhern does not "start putting things in your tea to keep his feet under your desk".

Mulhern reassured viewers that the comedian was "doing really well".

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