Paul O'Grady on Blind Date (Credit: Channel 5)
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Paul O’Grady reveals he once had “dangerous job” compering hen nights!

The presenter could sympathise with a 'butler in the buff' on Blind Date

Paul O’Grady has joked he once had a dangerous job – compering hen nights!

The TV presenter said occupational hazards of the role included treating strippers for the injuries they sustained at the hands of the excited guests!

Paul O'Grady on Blind Date (Credit: Channel 5)
Paul makes his hen compere revelation on the new series of Blind Date (Credit: Channel 5)

“I used to compere hen nights, my God, it was like a war zone,” he reveals on the new series of Blind Date.

“I never thought I would find myself in a toilet putting TCP on a stripper’s bum where he had been bitten.”

“It’s a dangerous job isn’t it?” he added to contestant Alexi from Essex, who works as a ‘butler in the buff’ from Essex.

Paul, 62, has taken over presenting duties on the revived dating show following the death of his friend Cilla Black.

Paul O'Grady on Blind Date (Credit: Channel 5)
The presenter said he sympathised with Alexi having to work as a ‘butler in the buff’ (Credit: Channel 5)

Now back on Channel 5, for a new series, there will be a Blind Date first when Barry will bring his mum on the show to help him find love!

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Anne is tasked with helping her son choose between singer Holly from Kent, model consultant Jo from Manchester and Cherry, a dog-breeder from Kent.

However, she confesses to Paul that she’d rather Barry got back together with his ex-girlfriend who she loved!

Paul O'Grady on Blind Date (Credit: Channel 5)
Barry brings his mum on the show to help him pick a date (Credit: Channel 5)

The new series of Blind Date starts on Saturday 16th June at 8.30pm on Channel 5.

It’s not the only TV show Paul has been working on recently.

The Radio 2 DJ is also doing another series of For The Love Of Dogs at Battersea Dogs Home.

And this week it was revealed he’s filming a documentary at Great Ormond Street Hospital, sharing the stories of the poorly children.

Blind Date returns with Paul O'Grady for series 3
Paul is presenting the revived show following the death of his friend Cilla Black (Credit: Channel 5)

He told New! magazine: “The kids are marvellous. They are so resilient. They really are a lesson to us all.”

Menawhile, Paul told the Daily Star he is also following in comedian David Walliams’ footsteps by becoming a children’s author.

However, he’s had to re-write his first draft after being told it was “too old-fashioned”.

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The presenter is also working on a new series of For The Love Of Dogs, as well as a doc on Great Ormond Street Hospital (Credit: ITV)

“I’m writing a kids’ book, which I thought was fabulous and dashed off 90,000 words about a little boy and they came back with pages of notes saying: ‘You can’t have this, you can’t say that, you’ve got this wrong,'” he said.

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“I sulked for a week, licked my wounds, sat there seething – how dare they insult my work! Then I got off my high horse, reread the notes and realised they know what they’re talking about.”

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