Paddy McGuinness: I want a gay version of ‘Take Me Out’

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Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness has expressed his support for a “gay version” of the show.

Speaking on the Jonathan Ross Show, the TV host revealed that he has been calling for a spin-off of the dating show – which usually sees a straight man seek to obtain a date from one of thirty women.

Despite running for seven series so far, the ITV show is yet to feature gay contestants.

Mr McGuinness – who has hosted the series since its launch in 2010 – said: “I have asked about a gay version. We have done an OAP special and a celebrity special.

“I have also asked about a reality TV special. It is in the mix. It is up to the powers that be.”

The format of the show would likely have to be altered for gay contestants – as it wouldn’t be possible to segregate by sex.

He added: “We have only been on five years. I love doing it. It is 80 per cent ad-libbed.”

In the US, game show Jeapordy! poked fun at opponents of same-sex marriage earlier this year.

The show gave the clue “Some opponents of same-sex marriage say, hey gay folks, how about these? Wouldn’t these be good enough?” for civil unions.

ITV is currently working on an animated remake of Thunderbirds, which has been mocked for its “twinky” line-up