Coronavirus: Paul O’Grady leaves BBC radio show over heart condition fears

Paul O'Grady has stepped down from his role as a presenter on BBC Radio Two, to maintain his health, amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The 64-year-old revealed his pre-existing heart condition placed him in the "at-risk" category, meaning 12 weeks of self-isolation is recommended.

Paul broke the news over BBC Radio Two's official Twitter account today, explaining the motivation behind his departure.

He said: "I'd only been back for one show after an absence and I'm off again!

"But I'm one of these people who falls into the category of underlying health problems and that's because I've had heart attacks."

He continued: "I've been strongly advised to self-isolate, so that's exactly what I'm doing.

"I'm down in the wilds of Kent with a very lively five weeks old puppy, so I've got my hands full and I've got plenty to do, and I'd just like to say to everybody else who's self isolating – good luck and keep healthy and look after yourselves.

"And a big thank you to everyone in the NHS for all they're doing. I'll speak to you all when all this is finished so take care and once again Paddy, thanks very much and have a good show."

Paul has presented his namesake show, Paul O'Grady On The Wireless, alongside his producer Malcolm Prince, since 2009.

Airing for two hours on a Sunday evening, the show is a mix of Paul's signature witty banter and eclectic music.

The show had a number of popular features, from Cocktail Hour, a song accompanied by a cocktail recommendation, to Dead Pets – eulogies for listeners' recently deceased cats and dogs.

Paul will self-isolate in his Kent countryside home, along with his husband of three years, Andre Portasio.

A proud animal lover, Paul will likely keep his pet pooches close to him for company throughout the period of isolation.

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