Dr Hilary jokes about Piers Morgan being nominated for NTA
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Piers Morgan infamously walked off the Good Morning Britain set back in March following a heated discussion about Meghan Markle, and producers later announced the 56-year-old had quit the show. As a staple of the ITV morning show panel, his departure was unprecedented, and a permanent replacement is still yet to be announced. ITV boss Kevin has updated Good Morning Britain fans on the difficulty of finding someone to take Piers’ place and admitted producers are currently trying to see what works.
Addressing who might replace the controversial ITV broadcaster, Kevin commented: “It’s a very difficult act to follow and what we are doing is having a range of people.
“We have Susanna [Reid] as a lynchpin, we have had all sorts of people sitting next to Susanna and we are just trying to see what works.”
Since Piers left the show, a number of guest presenters have taken his seat, such as Richard Madeley, Alastair Campbell, Richard Bacon, Adil Ray and Bill Turnbull.
But no plans to make anyone a permanent replacement have been announced.
Richard Bacon, 45, is one of the most recent temporary replacements to step in.
The TV and radio presenter briefly replaced Piers during a short stint two years ago, and he used to host Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast between 1999 and 2002.
In a recent interview, he said: “Not only am I coming home to London to guest present Good Morning Britain this month, but being back on British breakfast broadcasting feels like coming home also.”
Good Morning Britain regular Susanna Reid is also currently having presenters stand in for her on the show while she enjoys her summer break.
“I can’t wait to see the team again and am very much looking forward to my time on the show with Kate, Ranvir and Charlotte,” Richard told The Mirror.
Piers’ exit from Good Morning Britain came after a row with weatherman Alex Beresford in light of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The co-stars had a disagreement over comments Piers made about Meghan and the host refused to apologise following a backlash.
Despite some big names filling the gap Piers has left, none have been confirmed as becoming an official member of Good Morning Britain.
A recent Express.co.uk poll found that many are hoping to see the former broadcaster return to ITV.
The majority of Express readers, 70.5 percent, think GMB should bring back Piers Morgan, according to a poll of 3,692 held between 9am on August 16 and 9am on August 23.
Morgan claimed he was asked to return to the show but turned down the offer. He told The Sun: “I have no doubt I could take the ratings back to where I left them – but the doubt is, would anyone be allowed to do it that way again?
“I was hired to give very strong, honestly held opinions, which I did. But in the end, I was asked to apologise for a genuinely held opinion.”
Many Express readers also made it clear Piers Morgan would not be welcome back on their TV screens.
Meanwhile, odds have been cut on Piers making a comeback to the ITV show he hosted for more than six years.
Leading bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 6-4 (from 5-1).
Coral’s John Hill commented: “Good Morning Britain’s ratings have taken a big hit since Piers Morgan left the show so we are not ruling out a return to the breakfast show for the outspoken presenter.
“The odds have been slashed for all to be forgiven and Morgan being back behind the desk by the end of the year.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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