Good Morning Britain host red-faced after Paul OGrady NTAs gaffe

Good Morning Britain makes awkward Paul O’Grady gaffe

Good Morning Britain host Ed Balls was left flustered after a clip of Des O’Connor accidentally aired instead of the Paul O’Grady one he was expecting, as he and co-host Charlotte Hawkins did a roundup of the NTAs.

The 56-year-old former MP and 48-year-old Charlotte, who was standing in for Susanna Reid, were reflecting on the previous night’s glitzy ceremony when the gaffe happened.

Lily Savage star Paul O’Grady, who died in March this year, won posthumously in the Factual Entertainment Category for his TV show For The Love Of Dogs.

Representatives from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home accepted the award on Paul’s behalf.

However, as Charlotte referenced the win, the visuals didn’t quite align with what she was saying.

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“Let’s give special mention to Paul O’Grady who won as well for his show and obviously he’s so very much missed, isn’t he?” she said as a clip of the Des O’Connor, who died aged 88 in 2020, aired.

Ed immediately realised the mistake and interjected: “I don’t think that was Paul O’Grady we just showed on camera there.”

The mistake was quickly rectified, and they broadcast a clip of Paul as Lily Savage, with Ed commenting: “There he is. Phew.”

The NTAs aired a special tribute to Paul during the show as host Joel Dommett took a moment to celebrate the star’s life.

He said: “Now, before we go on, here at the National Television Awards we wanted to remember someone very special.

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As the audience erupted into applause, the host continued to praise the late star. He continued: “nominated an astonishing 28 times for an NTA, his first nearly 30 years ago.

“His career came in many guises, but no matter what he did there was always kindness, coupled with a unique sense of fun that won over audiences in an instant.

An emotional tribute clip was then aired showing highlights from Paul’s long-running career.

Paul died suddenly at his Kent home on March 28 at the age of 67. His death certificate revealed that he died from sudden cardiac arrhythmia.

Good Morning Britian is on ITV weekdays at 6am.

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