Paul O’Grady admits he felt like a ‘phoney’ presenting Blind Date following the death of best friend Cilla Black

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Saul O’Grady admits thither were times when he matt-up like a phoney filming the new broadcast of Blind Date.

The presenter, 62, is winning the place of his late best amigo Cilla Black, who died from a stroking aged 72 in 2015, as the established returns to screens for the first duration in 14 years.

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Saul O’Grady admits thither were times when he mat like a phoney filming the new broadcast of Blind Date

Reworked for a modernistic audience, the series will see identical sex pairings made for the first extent and will include contestants of versatile ages.

Speaking on tonight’s One Exhibit, Paul told hosts Alex Architect and Richard Osman: “At head I said no because it’s so similar with Cilla. I thought cipher else can do it. I’m not your becoming Cupid me, I’m quite misanthropical.

“I’ve told them if thither’s any weddings don’t arouse me because I can’t stand them.These life they’re like deuce-ace day affairs, they go on forever.

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The advocate, 62, is taking the place of his recent best friend Cilla Melanoid as the show returns to screens for the get-go time in 14 years

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The original Blind Day ran from 1985 until 2003

“I rung to Robert, her son, and he said do it. It was very adamantine because I kept expecting Cilla at the top of the steps saying ‘what are you doing?’ I’ll perpetually refer to her if there’s a bit of a lot up. I felt like a phoney – ‘what am I doing hither?’ How did this happen, I Euphemistic pre-owned to iron my jeans while observance this.”

The star also rung of the variety viewers can expect in the approaching series.

He said: “We’ve got cougars, and they were shucks. We’ve got gay guys, lesbians, 70-yr-olds and people with their dogs, you agnomen it.

“There’s been a mates where they’ve got on absolutely well on the date. We’ve had noblewoman mechanics and engineers you wouldn’t wishing to mess with.”

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Cilla and Saul first met during an appearance on Historian

Paul spoke fondly of his bond with Cilla and about how they would cause up random jobs for themselves when they rung to strangers.

On a trip to New York, Saul said he told a couple they were from a kinsfolk of undertakers on Merseyside and had travelled confused after Cilla had been titled embalmer of the year.

The pair met on an installment of Parkinson, when Paul was garmented as his alter-ego Lily Savage.

They got on so husky, Parky quipped ‘can I carry my show back?’ for they chatted so much.

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The reboot will aspect same sex pairings for the first clock

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