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NTA Pays Moving Tribute To Paul O'Grady

The UK's National Television Awards paid tribute to the late presenter and comedian Paul O'Grady.

Last night's ceremony saw O'Grady win the factual entertainment award for his show, The Love Of Dogs, while a montage from the late radio and TV star was played to the audience.

Before this montage was played, host Joel Dommett said, "Here at the National Television Awards we wanted to remember someone very special, the one and only Paul O’Grady". 

Dommett continued, "Nominated an astonishing 28 times for an NTA, his first nearly 30 years ago, his career came in many guises and no matter what he did, there was always kindness coupled with a unique sense of fun that won over audiences in an instance". 

O'Grady's show came out on top in the factual entertainment category, ahead of The Martin Lewis Money Show Live, and Clarkson's Farm, and Sort Your Life Out. 

The award was accepted on O'Grady' behalf by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, who said in their speech, "I would like to thank Paul, of course, and the ITV team… for shining a light on the care that we’re able to provide for the 100 or more dogs and cats that come to Battersea every week". 

"I know that Paul cared deeply for each and every one of those animals", they added. "I think that something about their plight and their vulnerability really struck a chord with Paul. He often referred to Battersea as his second home". 

Paul O'Grady died "unexpectedly but peacefully" aged 67 in March, according to a statement released by his partner Andre Portasio. 

Having rose to fame as wig-wearing Lily Savage on the nightclub circuit, O'Grady will also be remembered for subverting the mainstream broadcasting landscape, along with his charity work with animals, and Aids. 

 

 

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