Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness wants a gay version of the dating show

There have previously been celebrity and OAP specials

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Paddy McGuiness has called for a gay version of his hit ITV dating show, Take Me Out.

The TV presenter and comedian hosts the Saturday night series, but despite running for seven years, it is yet to feature any gay contestants.

“I have asked about a gay version,” McGuinness said on the Jonathan Ross Show. “We have done an OAP special and a celebrity special.

“I have also asked about a reality TV special. It is in the mix. It is up to the powers that be.”

The format of Take Me Out currently sees a straight man try and win a date from one of thirty single women, each of whom has the power to turn off their light if they do not fancy him. The ultimate prize? A holiday to the mystery Isle of Fernando’s (thought to be Cyprus).

Comedian Leigh Francis (aka Keith Lemon), EastEnders star Joe Swash and former This Morning presenter Matt Johnson starred in the celebrity special, while the 50+ version aired as part of the Text Santa charity campaign.

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