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Viewers slam Alison Hammond after ITV announces new presenting role

Rhianna Benson

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Viewers slam Alison Hammond after ITV announces new presenting role

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The British public was left heartbroken when much-loved presenting veteran Paul O'Grady passed away last year.

Not only was the beloved Merseyside comedian renowned for his welcoming attitude, hosting skills, and LGBTQ+ activism, but Paul - who was 67 when he died in March - was also widely adored for his soft spot for furry friends.

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For over a decade, he presented the documentary series For The Love of Dogs, during which he looked into daily life at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and adopted a few four-legged friends on the way.

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Earlier today, ITV announced that they'd be revamping the canine-friendly show with a brand new presenter - who was revealed to be This Morning's Alison Hammond.

Alison Hammond was announced to be the new presenter of For The Love of Dogs. Credit: ITV
Alison Hammond was announced to be the new presenter of For The Love of Dogs. Credit: ITV

Alison, 48, is preparing to head to Battersea to help the inhabiting pets in their care look for a new place to live.

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The six-part series will tell the stories of some of the latest arrivals, as Alison 'rolls up her sleeves and helps Battersea's expert staff and volunteers take care of the animals and get them ready for their potential new owners'.

Satmohan Panesar, Commissioning Editor for ITV, said: "We are thrilled to be able to confirm that the series will return in the spring and that the dogs have a brand-new champion in Alison Hammond.

"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.

Paul O'Grady had hosted the show from 2012. Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Paul O'Grady had hosted the show from 2012. Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
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"We can't wait to welcome back the series with Alison; there will be all the fun and warmth that our viewers have come to expect whilst continuing to showcase the wonderful and important work done by the incredible team at Battersea."

Whilst the Bake Off host will be stepping up to the plate to continue Paul's legacy, not everyone was thrilled with the news.

After Tyla broke the news on Facebook earlier today (30 January), numerous social media users criticised ITV producers for their choice of host.

"Paul would just get on the floor on the dogs level to interact with them - I can't see Alison doing that," one penned.

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Another wrote: "Should of got a really dog lover, it was never going to be easy replacing Paul, but for me i will now be switching off."

"I personally think the show should have ended when Paul passed," a third said.

"There is no one else fit for that honour, and it should be preserved as it was for what it was.

Alison is best known for presenting This Morning. Credit: ITV
Alison is best known for presenting This Morning. Credit: ITV
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"Sorry, still very sad about Paul's passing and he just cannot be replaced. This was his and only his."

While someone else claimed they didn't get a 'calming vibe' from Alison.

Others suggested who they thought should have been named as Paul's replacement - with names like Tom Hardy, Ricky Gervais, and Martin Clunes being put forward.

In a previous statement, Alison admitted that she's already aware she'll 'never place the iconic Paul in this wonderful series'.

"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," she continued to say.

"I can't wait to share the joy of their searches for new loving forever homes and hopefully make lots of furry friends of my own along the way!"

Tyla has contacted Hammond's reps and ITV for comment.

Topics: This Morning, Celebrity, Animals, Dog, ITV, TV And Film

Rhianna Benson
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