Paddy McGuinness' dating show ‘Take Me Out’ axed after 11 years

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Dorothy Lac in TV & Movies

11 February 2020, 10:55 GMT

Take Me Out has been axed after 11 years after 'running its course', an ITV spokesperson has confirmed.

An ITV spokesperson told The Sun:

"We've decided to say goodbye to Take Me Out. 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."

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"We'd like to thank Paddy McGuinness, the production team at Thames as well as all the contributors for their hard work in making the show such unmissable television."

It added:

“ITV and Paddy [McGuinness] 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."

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Take Me Out sees a single man arrive on stage in a 'love lift' where he is greeted by a panel of 30 women.

All the women have a 'light' on. As the man tells them about himself, girls can either keep their light on, signalling they are interested, or turn it off, meaning they don't want a bar of him.


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When the guy had found his match, the couple would then go on a date to the fictional location of the Isle of Fernando’s in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife. 

The original version of Take Me Out premiered in January 2010, and has spawned spin-offs for celebrities, pensioners and holidays, in addition to classic catchphrases from Paddy like "no likey, no lighty" and "let the pina see the colada".

In its time on air, many couples actually found love on Take Me Out – we even rounded up some of the show's most inspiring success stories a few years back.

While Take Me Out may be leaving the small screen, Paddy will be kept busy with co-hosting Top Gear.

"Getting the Top Gear gig is a real honour and I'm thrilled the BBC have given me this opportunity," he said when he landed the BBC job.

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"To be hosting a show I've watched and loved from being a small boy is beyond exciting. Top Gear fans worldwide are a passionate bunch and I consider myself one of them."

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