Paul O’Grady thanks loyal listeners as he leaves BBC Radio 2’s last show

Paul O’Grady thanked his listeners for following and participating over the years, saying “it wouldn’t be the same without you” as he signed from his last BBC Radio 2 show .

‘Grady, 67, hosted the Sunday afternoon show for almost 14 years, before a schedule change saw him frequently swapping with the Rob Beckett comic.

Ahead of his last show, O’Grady said he decided to leave the show because he was “not really happy” with the new arrangement.

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Speaking to his producer, Malcolm Prince, at the end of his last show on Sunday, he said: “This is Paul O’Grady’s last Sunday show here on Radio 2 since before. now.

“It’s hard to say this, Malcolm, because it’s been almost 14 years.

“You know this is one of the longest jobs I’ve ever held. I just came to do a couple of hours for Elaine Paige and see what happened. “

He continued: “Anyway, I always say I’m running away from the building and there’s a big bubble that’s going to catch me on Oxford Street, and put me back as a prisoner, but not today. and I can run freely. “

O’Grady thanked his listeners for following and participating over the years, adding: “I really appreciate it because, let’s face it, it wouldn’t be the same without it. have you, right?”

He also specifically mentioned his producer, who responded on behalf of his “loyal listeners” to the gesture.

After playing his last song, Friends by Bette Midler, he added: “From all of us here, from me, from Malcolm and everyone, thank you for watching 546 shows. past. So you take care of yourself, stay safe and well. Tara everyone. “

His final performance included many of his famous segments, including offering Hawaiian cocktail recipes and paying tribute to the recently deceased listeners’ pets.

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O’Grady also hosts a special edition of the Thank You Letter of the Week for its listeners.

As part of a segment where he played three songs by one artist, he dedicated Celine Dion’s I’m Alive to Malcolm Prince.

He said Prince would leave the BBC after 24 years of programming for the broadcaster.

Also on his playlist are the hits All The Lovers by Kylie Minogue, Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer’s No More Tears and Dion’s At Seventeen.

O’Grady launched his weekly show on Sundays in 2009.

On Sunday, he said in an Instagram post that he had decided to leave the show because he was “not really happy” with the schedule change.

After the change at the station, O’Grady and Beckett alternated hosting their shows, each for 13 weeks.

He said: “The reason I left, because everyone was asking me this, was because I wasn’t really satisfied with the 13 weeks, 13 weeks off business.

“So I did the honorable thing, I honored my contract, announced the departure and now I am leaving.

“Thanks so much and good luck to everyone on Radio 2 and that can go on for a long time.”

O’Grady is the latest host to leave the station, after Steve Wright, also 67, was replaced by Scott Mills, 48, after 24 years with the network.

Vanessa Feltz, 60, is also stepping down from her shows on Radio 2 and BBC Radio London after almost 20 years at the helm.

BBC confirmed Beckett will return for at least another 13 weeks from August 21.

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