Paul O’Grady has hosted his Sunday afternoon radio show on BBC Radio 2 since 2009
Paul O’Grady will present his final show on BBC Radio 2 this afternoon.
The 67-year-old hosted the Sunday afternoon program for almost 13 years before a move saw him swap regularly with comedian Rob Beckett.
For 13 weeks each, the duo has alternately moderated their shows.
O’Grady’s last show will be today (August 14), when his current cycle ends.
The host said that as much as he will miss his listeners and the fun he had with producer Malcolm Prince, “I think now is the right time to go.”
That’s all you need to know.
Has Paul O’Grady quit his Radio 2 show?
It has been confirmed that O’Grady will be leaving his BBC Radio 2 show after 14 years on the air.
BBC Radio 2’s official social media accounts said: “We are sad to say that after 14 years, Paul O’Grady decided to leave Radio 2 on Sunday afternoon.
“We wish Paul the best of luck and hope to work with him again in the future.”
The radio station also shared a statement from O’Grady, which said, “I’ve loved doing my Sunday afternoon show for the last 14 years and I will miss my listeners as well as the fun I had with mine.” producer Malcolm Prince, but I think now is the right time.”
In response to the tweet announcing O’Grady’s departure, listeners accused the station of “pushing out” presenters.
One person wrote: “Keeped out for messing with his show. Seems to be a common theme these days. Expect to hear it on Greatest Hits radio along with the others you’ve been putting off. Soon there will be no one left to listen to on R2.”
Another tweeted: “That’s it then. You expelled another. Absolutely nothing worth listening to on Radio 2 anymore. Ken Bruce will undoubtedly be next on the hit list.”
“What’s up @BBCRadio2? They appear to be on a mission to rid the station of its loyal listeners. I have always defended the @BBC and the royalty but you make it harder to defend by the day!!! Remember, there’s a difference between broadcaster and celebrity!” wrote another.
why is he leaving
Though O’Grady didn’t explicitly reveal the reason for his decision, the announcement comes after he shared a timeslot with comedian Rob Beckett due to a programming switch.
The 67-year-old hosted the Sunday afternoon program for almost 13 years before the move forced O’Grady and Beckett to take turns hosting their shows for 13 weeks each.
In February, after the schedule change drew an unhappy reaction from listeners, the BBC said the plans “evolve over time”.
“Paul is dearly loved by many of our listeners and as we make this change to Sunday afternoons he remains a firm favorite here at Wogan House,” it said.
At the time, O’Grady told his Instagram followers that the arrangement with Beckett “had nothing to do with me.”
When is his last show?
O’Grady’s final show on BBC Radio 2 will air on Sunday 14 August when his current cycle ends.
In a statement from the BBC, O’Grady’s final show said it will enjoy all the regular features, including “a lost TV topic, the week’s thank-you letter and an unexpected playlist”.
“Also, producer Malcolm picks another inappropriate song for a wedding anniversary, and there’s a dubious cocktail recipe…” the network added.
Beginning Sunday, August 21, Beckett will return to his hosting duties on Sunday afternoons for his next 13-week run of shows.
The BBC has said that “future plans for the slot will be announced at a later date”.
Helen Thomas, head of Radio 2, added: “I want to thank Paul for so many years of his brilliant Sunday afternoon show.
“I’m sorry to see him go but I wish Paul the best of luck in the future and hope to work with him again as the door is always open to him here at Radio 2.”
How to listen to his last show?
It’s broadcast on BBC Radio 2 – and you can listen to it on the BBC Sounds app too.