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Alison Hammond to succeed Paul O’Grady as host of ITV’s For The Love Of Dogs | Ents & Arts News

Alison Hammond is to take over from Paul O’Grady as host of ITV’s For The Love Of Dogs.

The popular show goes behind the scenes at Battersea Cats and Dogs Home as it tries to find new owners for its animal residents.

O’Grady hosted the programme for more than a decade until his death last year.

Hammond, 48, who is known for shows such as This Morning and The Great British Bake Off, said she was keen to get started and “make lots of furry friends”.

“I am very aware that I can never replace the iconic Paul in this wonderful series,” she said.

“But if I can continue to shine a light on the brilliant work done at Battersea and help to tell the stories of these beautiful dogs, then it will be an absolute privilege to give it my all.”

The animal shelter’s boss, Peter Laurie, said everyone was excited about working with Hammond and “introducing her to the incredible animals in our care”.

For The Love of Dogs has won several National Television Awards and TV Choice Awards, and was also nominated for a BAFTA.

Paul O'Grady arrives at the Battersea Dogs' Collars and Coats Gala fundraising ball
O’Grady hosted the show for more than a decade

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ITV commissioning editor Satmohan Panesar said the show would return in the spring and feature the same “fun and warmth” shown by O’Grady.

“As Paul O’Grady always said himself, the stars of the show were the dogs themselves, but the impact that he had and the legacy he leaves will never be forgotten by any of us,” said the ITV executive.

O’Grady died unexpectedly in March, with more than £130,000 donated to Battersea Cats and Dogs Home in the days afterwards.

In December, animal rights group PETA posthumously named him their person of the year in recognition of his years of campaigning.

Police investigating blackmail allegations targeting This Morning presenter Alison Hammond | Ents & Arts News

Blackmail claims against TV presenter Alison Hammond are being investigated by police.

The 48-year-old This Morning regular has reportedly been put under pressure by her blackmailer for large sums of money and a BMW car worth £5,000.

The blackmailer threatened to spread lies about Hammond in an effort to derail her career if she did not co-operate with the demands, according to The Sun.

In a statement, West Midlands Police said: “We are investigating an allegation of blackmail of a woman in her 40s.

“We take reports of this kind very seriously and our inquiries are progressing swiftly.”

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Hammond first rose to fame in 2002, after competing in the third series of Big Brother. She then joined the team at This Morning in the same year.

Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary
Alison Hammond and This Morning co-host Dermot O’Leary

She currently presents the weekday daytime show on Friday mornings with former X Factor host Dermot O’Leary.

Earlier this month she was announced as the new co-host of The Great British Bake Off, replacing comedian Matt Lucas, who announced his exit last December.

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Hammond will co-present alongside actor and comedian Noel Fielding, 49, a performer known for his dark and surreal comedy who surprised many when he joined the show.