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I was very sad when I heard in the New Year of 2003 the show would stop in the near future.
It stopped because Cilla Black (born in 1942) was getting on and was getting bored of presenting it.
The show's first series failed to create any lasting matches and producers hope to sex up the format by sending couples on glam foreign holidays. The format is still in safe hands but it is slightly grubbier now.” Paul returns as the presenter of Blind Date, after inheriting the role from the late original presenter Cilla Black.
Commissioning editor Sean Doyle exclusively told The Sun: “The only thing missing last year was love. Paul was Cilla's best friend and was so close to the late Scouser he delivered the eulogy at her funeral.
The new reboot of Blind Date was brought up to date "while paying respect to the traditions" of the show by allowing gay and lesbian singletons to take part.So, there are many reasons why it was long past its sell-by-date:1.