Four year-old Chilli the Labrador’s appearance as Linda Biscuits on the popular Friday night show became a running joke for the series, and a petition was even started to bring her back, after the comedian host said she had been fired.
But now the adorable pup has hung up her crew shirt for the last time, after filming wrapped on Friday in Birmingham.
Top canine first aider and qualified veterinary nurse, Rachel Bean, who is Chilli’s owner, said: “Chilli has absolutely loved appearing on the show and has rubbed noses with plenty of celebrities, including Jonathan Ross, Gemma Collins, Joan Collins and Munroe Bergdorf as part of the filming.
“We couldn’t believe how much of an important part of the show she became, and were amazed by the petition after the joke that she had been fired! What a brilliant experience, and good girl Chilli, who did so well.
“We are not sure if she is going to be back for the Christmas special but we don’t think so. Though maybe someone will start a petition.
“I have been in touch with some celebrities since the show who would like to learn canine first aid, so watch this space on that.”
Since Chilli was ten weeks old she and Rachel have travelled the country giving first aid demonstrations to pet professionals and individuals, and Chilli’s demonstrations have already helped to save hundreds of canine lives.
Rachel, from Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, who is a qualified veterinary nurse, and canine behaviourist and wrote the iPET Network’s qualification in Canine First Aid, said: “Chilli’s real job is helping me show pet professionals how to save dog’s lives, is her true calling, she is amazing at our sessions and is trained to act out worst case scenarios so that I can demonstrate what to do in that particular crisis.
“Without Chilli the courses would not be as engaging or fun, and she is the perfect sidekick.”
Chilli is no stranger to showbiz appearances and has appeared already in TV shows including Dragon’s Den.
Rachel co-owns the Vet On Set business, which sends vets to TV and film sets, ensuring that animal welfare for creatures like Chilli is the heart of all filming in the UK.
Rachel added: “Everyone loves to see animals on the big and small screen, but no one wants to watch animal stars who have been mistreated. Vet on Set is all about working with the animal during filming to ensure that they are comfortable, happy and that their needs are met at all times.
“We have had so many former students get in touch to say they recognised Chilli on Late Night Lycett, but she’s keeping a level head.
“She loves coming out with me, and who knows, maybe she will get her own show!” Added Rachel.