Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady's primetime chat show has reportedly been axed.

The show was not a happy ship.

ITV1 will not commission another series of 'Paul O'Grady Live' after the programme "underperformed" in the ratings, with viewing figures dropping from 3.7 million in 2010 to 3.3 million at present.

However, insiders have claimed Paul - who quit ITV for Channel 4 in 2006 following a spat with the broadcaster - was keen to call time on the programme ahead of its upcoming third series.

A source told Broadcast magazine: "The show was not a happy ship."

Despite the cancellation, ITV has not ruled out working with the 56-year-old star again in the future.

The presenter recently admitted he thought viewers were bored of traditional chat show formats, but explained any attempts to liven up his own programme would not impress him.

Paul said: "I don't think people want serious chat shows any more on television. I think they died with Parky and that was it. Executives saw that and tried to liven up the format by getting hosts to rip into people.

"That wasn't for me. I couldn't say to someone, 'Tell me about your 10 abortions'. It's none of my business. The public got bored with these nasty shows and that's a good thing."