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Alison Hammond has been announced as the new host of For the Love of Dogs, but she acknowledges that she can never truly replace Paul in the role.
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Alison Hammond has been announced as the new host of For the Love of Dogs, but she acknowledges that she can never truly replace Paul in the role.

For the Love of Dogs, a popular show on ITV, will now be hosted by Alison Hammond.

She was appointed after the previous host, Paul O’Grady, passed away. His last series, which showcased the inner workings of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, aired last spring.

Hammond acknowledged that he could never take the place of the iconic Paul in this fantastic series.

“I would be honored to put my effort into showcasing the amazing work being done at Battersea and sharing the stories of these wonderful dogs, as it allows me to shine a light on their greatness.”

I am excited to spread the happiness of their search for forever homes and hopefully make many new furry friends in the process.

The television show For the Love of Dogs first premiered in 2012 and continued for 11 seasons under its previous host. Hammond’s debut as the new presenter will feature six episodes. The program’s name will be altered from Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs to For the Love of Dogs With Alison Hammond.

Satmohan Panesar, commissioning editor for ITV, announced that the series will be back in the spring and that Alison Hammond is the new champion of the dogs. We are excited to confirm this news.

Paul O’Grady consistently acknowledged that the true stars of the show were the dogs, but his influence and lasting impact will always be remembered by all of us.

Hammond’s latest hosting role is For the Love of Dogs, adding to her impressive resume which includes replacing Matt Lucas on the most recent season of The Great British Bake Off and co-hosting last year’s Baftas ceremony. She is also a main host on This Morning, alongside Dermot O’Leary, following the departure of Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield from the show.

Peter Laurie, the chief executive of Battersea, expressed excitement for welcoming Alison to their organization and showing her the amazing animals they care for, while also assisting them in finding new, caring homes.

“Our treasured ambassador, the late and esteemed Paul O’Grady, has allowed us to demonstrate the immense joy that rescue animals bring. We are delighted to continue bringing attention to the efforts of our charity in bettering the lives of dogs and cats on a daily basis.”

Source: theguardian.com