The NTAs took place at the O2 in London last night and featured big names from across the UK celebrating the entertainment sector.
Fellow actors and fans stood and watched an emotional tribute to O’Grady, who died in March at the age of 67.
The broadcaster’s husband Andre Portasio shared the sad news that O’Grady had died “unexpectedly but peacefully” before it was later revealed that O’Grady had died of a sudden cardiac arrhythmia.
O’Grady was best known for his role as Lily Savage and as the host of Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs.
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NTAs pay tribute to the late Paul O’Grady
O’Grady was hailed as a “trailblazer” for his breakthrough into mainstream broadcasting with his alter ego (Savage) and for his charity work surrounding animals and AIDS.
The NTA paid tribute to the late TV icon last night with a montage of his career.
Awards presenter Joel Dommett added: “Here at the National Television Awards we wanted to remember someone very special, the one and only Paul O’Grady.”
“He has been nominated for an NTA a staggering 28 times, his first almost 30 years ago. His career had many faces and no matter what he did, there was always kindness coupled with a unique sense of fun that immediately won over audiences.”
Sam Ryder is said to have “amicably parted ways with his record label”
Fans also took to social media to honor O’Grady’s memory.
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Another added: “What a lovely tribute to Paul O’Grady at the @OfficialNTAs, I’m still mourning the loss of this man!! Congratulations to #ForTheLoveOfDogs and @Battersea_ for this well-deserved win!!! He would be so proud!! #PaulOGrady.
While a third fan said: “A beautiful tribute to Paul O’Grady. TV just isn’t the same without him.”
Paul O’Grady for Love of Dogs wins NTA
Not only was O’Grady recognized for his contributions to the industry with a tribute last night, but his show For The Love Of Dogs, which airs on ITV, also won an NTA in the Factual Entertainment category.
— National TV Awards (@OfficialNTAs) September 5, 2023
He competed against Clarkson’s Farm, Sort Your Life Out and The Martin Lewis Money Show Live.
Representatives from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, who accepted the award, said: “I would of course like to thank Paul and the ITV team… for shining a light on the care we can provide to the 100 or more animals .” Dogs and cats who come to Battersea every week.
“I know that Paul cared deeply about each of these animals.
“I think something about her plight and her vulnerability really touched Paul. He often referred to Battersea as his second home.”
Representatives from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home included a small dog who also took to the stage to accept the award.
It was he who stole the show when he barked during the acceptance speech, much to the delight of fans.
You can still watch Paul O’Grady For the Love of Dogs on Thursday September 7th at 8.30pm on ITV1 and ITVX.
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