If Piers Morgan doesn’t return to Good Morning Britain, ITV executives are allegedly considering hiring a female co-host to replace him.
Piers dramatically walked off the Good Morning Britain set in March in the middle of a row with Alex Beresford over Meghan Markle.
The TV presenters got into a tense and awkward confrontation over Piers’ criticism of Meghan and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, which saw Piers permanently leaving the show.
Now, according to The Sun, ITV bosses want to make Susanna Reid the programme’s main presenter and appoint a permanent co-host from their current pool of talent.
This could mean a second full-time female would co-host the programme.
Since Piers’ departure from the breakfast show, a variety of presenters, including Richard Madeley, Charlotte Hawkins, Ranvir Singh, Kate Garraway, Bill Turner, and Alastair Campbell, have taken turns co-hosting.
It is these guest hosts who are now being considered by channel bosses as replacements.
An insider told the publication: ‘It is very possible that we will have two women fronting the show. Susanna will take the lead, but the job of her co-host is up for grabs, and it will come down to who is most popular with viewers.
‘The attitude behind the scenes is there is no rush to find a replacement for Piers this year, the bosses want to make the right choice. They want to give lots of people a chance and, as time goes on, focus more on the most popular hosts.
‘The feeling is if Piers doesn’t come back, it’d be unfair to draft in a replacement straight away, both on Piers and his replacement.’
According to the source, we can expect to see a lot more of Richard and Charlotte in the coming weeks after last week’s outstanding performances. Ranvir, Kate, Alastair and Bill will also be returning.
Of course Piers had to have the final word on the situation, as he took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the news.
‘I could identify as a woman if that helps?’ he quipped, sharing an article about the possible new presenter.
This comes after Piers responded to the news that Good Morning Britain viewing figures dropped to 450,000 less than three months after he quit.
The broadcaster said he has ‘no doubt’ he could bring the ratings ‘back to where I left them’.
‘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,’ he said.
‘This is the only reason I am sad about him leaving GMB — well, that and the fact I wake up and there he is, staring back at me morning after morning.’
Metro.co.uk has reached out to ITV representatives for comment.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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