Paddy McGuinness’ ITV dating show Take Me Out has been axed after 11 years as producers believe it has “run its course.”
The Saturday night TV show, hosted by Paddy McGuinness, that has run for more than 100 episodes has been axed as it has “run its course.”
An ITV spokesman said: “We’ve decided to say goodbye to Take Me Out.”
A TV source said: “ITV and Paddy have done all the specials you can eke out of a dating show, so it’s been decided it’s time for it to go.
“As with many shows, ratings have slid a bit in recent years.
“But it will go down as a big success — it’s had more weddings than Blind Date.”
The series focused on single men arriving in a “love lift”, who had to convince 30 girls that they were worth keeping their light on for.
After several rounds, if the man still had lights on, he would be able to choose a girl from who is left and take them on a romantic date to the Isle of Fernando’s – a fictional location in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife.
The series was known for the iconic catchphrase coined by Paddy, 46, which said: “No likey, no lighty!”
A former contestant of the show, Becky Ryan, posted a tribute to the popular TV show on Twitter, saying:
‘So sad to see Take Me Out come to an end. I owe everything to the show, the wonderful producers, everyone backstage, Paddy McGuinness and the contestants of series eight. My little family wouldn’t have existed without it.’
So sad to see #TakeMeOut come to an end. I owe everything to the show, the wonderful producers, everyone backstage, @PaddyMcGuinness & the contestants of series 8. My little family wouldn’t have existed without it.
— 🌿BECKIE LOUISE RYAN🌿 (@lifeofbeckie) February 10, 2020
A production source stated: “We’d like to thank Paddy, the production team at Thames as well as all the contributors for their hard work in making the show such unmissable television.
“We’re really sad to see the end but after 11 years, eight weddings and six babies, our work is done.
“We have lots of exciting projects with the channel lined up.”
Currently, Paddy is co-hosting the BBC’s motoring show Top Gear.
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