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Paul O’Grady, who hosts the Blind Date reboot joked that the late Cilla Black “took cocaine” through her years presenting the show and is now haunting him after a series of on-set blunders.

The Liverpudlian star, who used to appear in drag as Lily Savage made the shock remarks while filming the new show, which first aired back in 1985.

According to The Sun, Paul suffered a series of mishaps while recording the Blind Date reboot, and at one point exclaimed: “How the f*** did Cilla do this for 25 years? No wonder she was on cocaine. God bless her, wherever she is.

A statue dedicated to Cilla Black in her home city, Liverpool

“Her spirit is here you know, p***ing herself laughing at me and ruining my show – causing all the issues,” he continued. “Oh, I think I’ll go and have a line of coke while I wait.”

Paul later set sail on a light-hearted wisecrack about why he had agreed to take on the job, saying: “Why am I doing it? Oh yeah, that’s right – Cilla left it for me in her will. No seriously, she made me do it.”

After O’Grady had been announced as the shows presenter, he revealed that Cilla – a close friend of his – had a hidden wild side.

Liverpool. The hometown of Paul O’Grady and Cilla Black

“You all thought Cilla was all mummy, but you’re out of your mind if you think that,” he said. “She bust my nose in a Jacuzzi in Barbados. What a mad woman she was.”

Cilla previously admitted to smoking cannabis during the 1960s, but claimed she never took harder class A drugs.