Paul O’Grady is said to have landed his own “dirty” chat show, having recorded a pilot for the program two years ago.
The comedian, 65, reportedly got his new green light after making a number of risky jokes in a pilot he recorded in 2019, including a search that targeted Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.
According to The Mirror reports, Paul will record seven 45-minute episodes that will see him interviewing guests and also give audience members a chance to pose their burning questions to the stars.
Exciting: Paul O’Grady ‘Takes His Own Chat Show’ TWO YEARS After Making Shock Pilot With Dirty Jokes That Targeted Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, It Was Reported Tuesday
A source speaking to the publication said the pilot Paul recorded “was very funny” and added, “We have ordered more episodes and they will stay close to the pilot. They will be released later this year, probably in the fall.
Paul reportedly said in the pilot, “You know what they look like at ITV, they’re kinda crossed, aren’t they? Phil and Holly – the pair who get fucked if someone says ‘bum’.
“It’s like the Graham Norton Show; you are at the end of the sofa and, of course, who are you going to talk to? You have Meryl Streep on this end, me on the other. He’s not going to talk to me, so I’m sitting there, I’m less bored.
He also allegedly called his chat show “the dirtiest” possible on television, so he claimed it was “too rude” to broadcast it.
Swipe: In a pilot he filmed in 2019, Paul reportedly called Holly and Phil (pictured by This Morning) ‘the pair who get fucked if someone says’ bum’ ”
Savage: During his monologue, he also allegedly searched Graham Norton’s house (pictured in April), claiming he was “sitting there, bored less” when he appeared on the show
MailOnline has reached out to representatives for Paul and ITV spokespersons for further comment.
Paul previously hosted his own chat show from 2004-2005 on ITV, before transferring to Channel 4 from 2006-2009.
The show was then relaunched on ITV after four years of non-airing from 2013 to 2015, but only remained on screens for three seasons.
As flirtatious alter-ego Lily Savage, Paul also presented a number of shows in the ’90s like Blankety Blank and The Big Breakfast.
New venture: According to reports, Paul (pictured in 2019) will record seven 45-minute episodes that see him interviewing guests and also give fans a chance to ask questions.
Previous experience: Paul hosted her own chat show from 2004 to 2005 on ITV, before moving it to Channel 4 from 2006 to 2009, she returned to ITV from 2013 to 2015 (photo from the show)
In March, Paul revealed he was previously chatted by actor Charlton Heston while dressed as Lily Savage.
The TV star, who rose to fame as alter-ego Lily, said the Ben-Hur actor mistook his drag queen character for a woman at an Oscar party in the ’90s.
Paul said the late actor, who died in 2008 at the age of 84, started flirting with Lily at the buffet table during the glamorous event.
Recalling the meeting on his Radio 2 show, Paul said, “I met Charlton Heston at the Oscars. I was at the buffet to help me and he came over and started chatting.
Good time! In March, Paul revealed he was previously chatted by actor Charlton Heston while dressed as Lily Savage (pictured as Lily)
“I chatter and blah blah blah and he was very, very nice. When Charlton Heston left, Robin Williams came over and said “He’s got a shine on you… he thinks you’re a woman”.
“Every time Charlton saw me I had a wink and a nod, and I winked and nodded back at him and I thought, ‘I’m here, j ‘hope he has his chariot out’. “
Paul, who was 40 at the time, said he was dressed as Lily for a sketch for Gaby Roslin’s show on Channel 4, The Big Breakfast.
Fun: Recalling the meeting on his Radio 2 show, Paul said, “I met Charlton Heston at the Oscars. I was at the buffet helping me and he came over and started chatting ‘(pictured as Lily)