Paul O’Grady has revealed he is quitting his BBC Radio 2 show because he was ‘not very happy’ with the schedule change that resulted in him sharing a slot with another presenter.

The 67-year-old has hosted the Sunday afternoon show for about 14 years, after which he was regularly replaced by cartoonist Rob Beckett.

The duo have alternate shows for 13 weeks at a time.

In a video shared on his Instagram before his final show at the station on Sunday, O’Grady explained why he decided to leave.

he said:

“So I did a good job. I honored my contract, I gave notice and now I’m away.

“Thank you so much to everyone at Radio 2 and best of luck.

The presenter also thanked fans for their kind messages after announcing his departure earlier this month.


Paul O’Grady (Doug Peters/PA)

He made a particular reference to producer Malcolm Prince, stating:

O’Grady is the latest established presenter to leave the station after Steve Wright, also 67, was replaced by Scott Mills, 48, after 24 years with the network.

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Vanessa Feltz, 60, is also retiring from shows on Radio 2 and BBC Radio London after almost 20 years at the helm.

O’Grady’s final show will feature his regular shows, including Lost TV Theme, Thank You Letter Of The Week, and an unexpected playlist.

The BBC has confirmed that Beckett will return to the show for at least 13 more weeks from 21 August.

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