Alison Hammond may have just landed a role as Paul O’Grady’s For The Love of Dogs replacement, but it seems her BBC career keeps ending before it has begun.
The This Morning star was thrilled to have recently filmed a pilot episode of a new dance show, Clear the Dancefloor, which has reportedly now been scrapped from being made into a full series.
It comes months after Hammond’s other gig on the broadcaster, I Can See Your Voice, was axed after two series.
An insider explained: “This will be gutting for Alison, as getting an ongoing gig on the Beeb is seen as many a presenter’s ultimate goal.
“There were high hopes for Clear the Dancefloor as it seemed to tap into the same energy as Strictly, which she appeared on in 2014.”
Speaking to The Sun, they added: “But she won’t be short of work this year anyway”.
GB News has contacted BBC for a comment on the reports.
Alison Hammond filmed a pilot episode of a new show which has now been cancelled
The plan for the series was for amateur dancers to compete against each other as a celebrity panel judged their talent.
Hammond had also featured on I Can See Your Voice since it launched on the channel in 2020, but she and co-stars Amanda Holden, Jimmy Carr and Paddy McGuiness were recently given the news that the singing show was axed.
With the dance programme also shelved, the presenter is likely feeling disappointed after a series of blows.
However, Hammond continues to star alongside Dermot O’Leary on This Morning’s Friday instalments, and also fronts The Great British Bake Off, a gig she secured last year after replacing Matt Lucas.
This Morning star Alison was recently announced as new host of For the Love of Dogs
Just last week, the 49-year-old was announced as the beloved Paul O’Grady’s replacement on his signature show, For the Love of Dogs.
The iconic pooch enthusiast died in March last year at the age of 67, leaving fans devastated and viewers of his ITV programme heartbroken at the prospect of no future episodes.
The show followed O’Grady as he visited the four-legged residents and the caring workers at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to encourage people to adopt rescue dogs.
Hammond’s new role as O’Grady’s successor has seen a mixed response from the public, but the 49-year-old seems eager to get stuck into her new role, re-posting Battersea’s enthusiastic announcement on X.
The official account for the animal rescue charity penned in a series of posts: “We’ve got some exciting news for you… Our staff, volunteers and of course, our animals, are excited to share that we are welcoming with open arms, the brilliant @AlisonHammon , to present an all-new series of For the Love of Dogs!
Alison Hammond’s BBC gameshow I Can See Your Voice was also axed
“This new series allows us to continue sharing the quirky & heartwarming stories of our rescue animals, that we know you treasure as much as us.
“With Alison ready to bring to life our work & discover more about rescue, we can’t wait to bring back the show you love.
“It’s also a chance for us to reflect on the fact that @itvFLOD would not exist without our beloved ambassador, Paul O’Grady.
“It’s an honour for us & for Alison to be carrying on his work. Please join us in the replies by saying… Welcome to Battersea, Alison!” (sic)
ITV also announced the channel is “thrilled” to have Hammond fronting the programme, with Commissioning Editor Satmohan Panesar adding: “We can’t wait to welcome back the series with Alison; there will be all the fun and warmth that our viewers have come to expect whilst continuing to showcase the wonderful and important work done by the incredible team at Battersea.”