Speculation over Alison Hammond's future on ITV's For The Love Of Dogs

Alison Hammond confirms final episode for ITV's For The Love Of Dogs after weeks of backlash
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Alison Hammond has conveyed the conclusion of her stint on ITV's For The Love Of Dogs via a heart-rending post on social media. The adored 49 year old This Morning star filled the shoes previously worn by the late Paul O'Grady, who sadly succumbed to a heart attack aged 67 last March.

Ever since stepping up to the plate at the end of April, Alison's performance has been met with mixed reviews, with some spectators challenging her suitability for the role given her absence of personal pet ownership.

Contrarily, an ITV spokesperson this month shared their contentment with Alison's input to the show and communicated that no decisions have been made concerning her future participation, according to the Mirror.

On her Instagram feed, Alison divulged her fondness for the time she spent filming the series along with a photo from the final episode. The image, which captures a beaming Alison cradling a dog, was originally posted on the programme's official Instagram account.

"We're back at @Battersea tonight for the final episode this series of #ForTheLoveOfDogs with @AlisonHammond55! " the primary caption revealed. Alison then reposted the snapshot on Wednesday, adding: "Final episode of 'for the love of dogs [dog emoji]' I loved every minute of it.", reports the Daily Record.

There have been suggestions that the higher ups were not overly impressed by the new programme, sharing that staff at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home were given a heads-up about the uncertainly of her hosting position.

A source revealed: "Everyone was very excited when Alison was confirmed to replace Paul. She had very big shoes to fill, but it was felt that with her warmth and bubbly personality she could do it. Unfortunately the casting has not worked out how the team behind the show hoped - and it has turned out to be a bit of a misfit."

"ITV are very disappointed because it's such a well-loved programme, and of course Alison is an ITV favourite too. But unfortunately sometimes in spite of everyone's best efforts, things just don't work out. Conversations are now ongoing about her future on the show within ITV and that has been communicated to Battersea. They are of course very passionate about the show, and want it to go on as long as possible."

However, ITV quickly dismissed any rumours about her future on the popular show as "entirely without foundation". Speaking to the Mirror, they said: "Any suggestion that conversations at decision-making level regarding the future of Alison's role on For the Love of Dogs have been held within ITV or between the production team and Battersea are entirely without foundation."

"This new series is in the middle of its run and standard practice means no meaningful assessment of future plans would be made at this stage. Everyone's really pleased with the way Alison has brought her warmth and enthusiasm to the show and we hope viewers continue to enjoy it over the next month on ITV1 and on ITVX."