Dog lover has taken himself out of the running to front the For The Love of Dogs remake.
Legendary comedian also known for his drag queen persona, died on March 28 aged 67, with his partner Andre Portasio saying: ‘He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.’
The new series of O’Grady’s beloved show began to air posthumously and left fans , however a reboot is reportedly in the works.
Reports claimed that the After Life actor, 62, Amanda Holden and Martin Clunes were considered to front the revival.
However, Ricky poured water on the speculation on X, formerly known as Twitter.
After a follower reshared a picture of him with a caption claiming he was up for the role, he responded: ‘It’s true that I was asked but I said no I’m afraid. Just too busy.’
Fans were quick to express their disappointment with one writing: ‘Awwwww, would have been perfect.’
Another added: ‘This may be the most devastating tweet of all time.’
The final episode of O’Grady’s For The Love of Dogs began with the late star saying: ‘Life is full of its unknown twists and turns… so it’s always best to expect the unexpected.’
The episode went on to show O’Grady with a ‘wise guy’ bulldog, two adorable tiny kittens and the animal-lover overjoyed at a hostel scheme opening its doors to homeless people with their dogs.
The TV and radio presenter became an ambassador for Battersea in 2012 after the success of ITV’s award-winning For the Love of Dogs, 11 series of which were filmed at the home.
O’Grady was given a award at the 2018 National Television Awards for the impact the programme had on helping find homes for rescue animals nationwide.
The presenter also posthumously won the factual entertainment award for the TV show at the 2023 award show.