ITV CAN’T replace Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain

It seems ITV is struggling to replace Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain.

The former GMB star quit the show last month (March) following a wave of backlash from viewers after his comments about Meghan Markle.

Since he left, many have wondered if the show will ever be able to find a new presenter like him.

Well, it turns out ITV has been wondering the same thing.

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ITV can’t find a replacement for Piers Morgan

Boss Kevin Lygo has confessed that the network has realised there is “not a single person” who could replace Piers.

Kevin told Deadline: “Piers is a special thing. You can’t replace somebody like him. There is nobody like Piers, for good or bad.

“We have a roster of presenters. They’re all stepping up and doing a few more days than they would have done … We’ll mix and match until we feel what the right thing is to do.

“There isn’t a single person [who can replace him].”

Despite the way he quit, Kevin went on to insist that Piers’ split with GMB remains amicable and that they are on good terms with Piers.

He admitted he’s “amazed” Piers “lasted this long” because “there were some other moments where I thought, ‘Oh, here we go’”.

Kevin added the last time he signed him was “about a year-and-half ago, and I remember saying: ‘Well, we’ve had a great run haven’t we Piers?’”.

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Jason Manford doesn’t agree with Piers

Comedian Jason Manford recently labelled Piers’ remarks about Meghan Markle “out of order”.

Piers had said he didn’t believe Meghan in her Oprah interview.

The Duchess of Sussex opened up about feeling suicidal during her pregnancy with Archie, but claimed she didn’t receive help from the Palace.

Jason made his comments after Piers tweeted his Mail on Sunday article in which he opened up about his GMB exit.

Comedian Jason replied: “I always think it’s a good idea to read all sides.

“I don’t agree with Piers over the Meghan thing at all, think he was out of order.”

He added: “But when he quit GMB, nobody cheered more than the politicians who no longer have anyone to ask the hard questions.”

Piers then responded: “Fair enough… I respect your right to have a different opinion to me.”

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Piers Morgan demands apology from The Talk for disgraceful slurs against him

Media personality Piers Morgan continues his antagonistic streak in the aftermath of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Morgan tweeted on Friday demanding an apology from the hosts of CBS’ The Talk for “their disgraceful slurs” against him. He wrote this in response to an apology posted by Sharon Osbourne, who co-hosts the show and whom Morgan says was “shamed” and “bullied.”

“Sharon’s been shamed & bullied into apologising for defending me against colleagues accusing me of racism because I don’t believe Meghan Markle’s bullsh*t,” Morgan tweeted. “This is where we’ve reached. I demand an apology from those @TheTalkCBSbullies for their disgraceful slurs against ME.”

Osbourne got heat from a segment that aired on Wednesday’s The Talk in which the hosts discussed the situation with Morgan. Earlier, Morgan, a Good Morning Britain presenter, voiced his disbelief of Meghan’s claims in the Winfrey CBS interview around her feelings of suicidal thoughts. He later stormed off the show’s set when his colleague, Alex Beresford, confronted him about his long dislike of the Duchess, his “personal relationship” with her, and how he continues “to trash her.” Morgan quit his post at ITV shortly after.

“I feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is racist, so that makes me a racist,” Osbourne said of Morgan. (Both previously served as judges on America’s Got Talent.) Both Osbourne and co-host Sheryl Underwood broke out in tears over the discussion, in which Osbourne became combative. “I will ask you again Sheryl… and don’t try and cry because if anyone should be crying, it should be me,” she said. “This is the situation, you tell me where you have heard him say racist things. Educate me.”

“It is not the exact words of racism, it’s the implication and the reaction to it,” Underwood said of Morgan. “To not want to address that because she is a Black woman and to try to dismiss it or to make it seem less than what it is, that’s what makes it racist.”

Osbourne later issued an apology to her followers on social media.

“After some reflection, after sitting with your comments & sitting with my heart I would like to address the discussion on The Talk this past Wednesday,” she wrote, in part. “I have always been embraced with so much love & support from the Black community & I have deep respect & love for the Black community. To anyone of colour that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said, I am truly sorry. I panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive & allowed my fear & horror of being accused of being racist take over. There are very few things that hurt my heart more than racism so to feel associated with that spun me fast! I am not perfect, I am still learning like the rest of us & will continue to learn, listen and do better.”

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Good Morning Britain’s Ben Shephard will take Piers Morgan’s place amid coronavirus fears

BEN Shephard will stand in for poorly Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain today as he stays at home amid fears he may have the coronavirus.

The 55-year-old presenter had been due to host Monday’s show with Susanna Reid but explained he has been tested for Covid-19 and will not be back on screens until he gets the results back.

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Ben Shephard will host alongside Susanna Reid while Piers is awaiting his Covid-19 results[/caption]

 

Piers tweeted last night: “UPDATE: On medical advice, and out of an abundance of caution for a mild symptom that arose in past 48hrs, I’ve had a test for COVID-19 and so won’t be working on @GMB until I get the result back, which should be tomorrow.”

ITV confirmed to The Sun Online that Ben had been drafted in to present the show in Piers’ place, alongside Susanna Reid.

One fan posted on social media, writing: “Love Ben but will miss Piers?.”

The 45-year-old Tipping Point host is a regular stand-in on Good Morning Britain and last presented the show on Friday, when he gave fans an updated on his pal Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper.

 

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Piers Morgan told followers he would stay off work until he got the results of a Covid-19 test[/caption]

 

 

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Ben and Susanna hosting together on the show back in 2018[/caption]

 

 

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Piers explained he would skip tomorrow morning’s show, which he was due to host with Susanna Reid[/caption]

 

He read out her social media update on the morning show, saying: “He is still with us but what a battle it is.”

Ranvir Singh added: “It’s a dreadful time and I think she’s at home with two children and trying to keep it going. It’s a total unknown. But as she said, as long as he’s here there’s absolute hope.”

Ben added: “Twenty four hours at a time and she rightly pointed out, he’s getting extraordinary care. She gets the chance to phone in the evenings and talk to him.”

Ranvir then confirmed that Derek is not able to reply yet, saying: “He’s not responding yet to everything she’s saying, I don’t think.”

 

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Ben and Susanna on an early incarnation of Good Morning Britain in 2016[/caption]

 

 

Piers announced that he would be taking time off out of ‘an abundance of caution’

 

 

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