Paul O’Grady makes an emotional farewell as his teatime Channel 4 chat show comes to an end – describing it as “the best job in my life”.
As he says his final thank yous, O’Grady touches on the death of his former manager and partner Brendan Murphy in 2005 and his own health problems, telling the audience: “You’ve got me through.”
The final show tomorrow, after five years and 11 series, features tributes from Whoopi Goldberg, Sharon Gless, Enrique Inglesias and Michael Buble.
'Coronation Street' stars William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, and Beverley Callard, aka Rover’s Return landlady Liz McDonald, also make an appearance.
Veteran actor Roache tells massive Corrie fan O’Grady: “This is a great show. We all love it.
“Everyone loves it and everyone loves you. We watch you every day. In the Green Room, between scenes. All of us. We’re going to miss you.”
O’Grady, who is also a fan of 'The Avengers', gets to meet Honor Blackman and Linda Thorson, who both starred in the show.
Funnywoman Catherine Tate also provides some light relief, ordering O’Grady from his desk and taking his seat.
After insulting everyone on set, she introduces boyband JLS to the audience as “DSS”.
The final tributes come from Liverpool – from O’Grady’s daughter, Sharyn, her partner and the presenter’s two grandchildren.
O’Grady asks for the credit music to be turned down during the final moments of the show.
O’Grady’s faithful dog Buster, a regular on the show, died last month.
As the show reaches its grand finale, the presenter says: “I just wanted to say thank you, all of you. This has been the best job in my life.
“I’ve been through a lot. My partner dying, my dog dying, two heart attacks. Becoming a granddad!
“I’ve been through so much but I have to thank you, my audience, you’ve got me through.
“You’ve been great with all your letters and emails. My crew, everyone in the office, they are brilliant.”
O’Grady is returning to ITV – despite having previously fallen out with the broadcaster.
He was recently quoted in the Liverpool Echo saying: “I’ve buried the hatchet. How many times do people fall out with their mate and call them names and then make up?
“It was like that, I realised life is too short.”
The star has signed a peak-time entertainment deal with ITV, which will see him front a studio-based series next autumn which, like his previous shows, will be a mix of guest spots and comedy.
The presenter also released a statement which read: “The team who work on the show have become a bit of a family and we will all miss the craziness of it all.
“It’s become normal for me to walk on set as Popeye, Frankenstein or an elf or even a chicken…
“I pinch myself regularly ’cos I can’t believe I have met some of the people I have idolised…
“The viewers and studio audience have been amazing. From day one we’ve been inundated with letters and emails telling us what they like about the show or offering advice.
“Recently we were overwhelmed with letters about Buster, showing how loved he has been by fans of the show.
“So it’s going to be a hard act to follow. I’ve got a book to write first and a few other things in the pipeline but I’ll be back later in the year with a new show.
“I’m looking forward to trying something a bit different so watch this space.”
The last 'Paul O’Grady Show' airs tomorrow at 5pm on Channel 4.