Piers Morgan replaced on GMB after host announced break from ITV show
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Last week, Piers Morgan announced he would be taking time out from his role as presenter on Good Morning Britain. The ITV host regularly takes holidays at half-term, the Easter holidays and over summer. Piers has been at the helm of GMB for most of this year reporting on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic but today Ben Shephard took over as presenter.
Ben was joined by co-host Charlotte Hawkins as the pair discussed the latest headlines and news from the bank holiday weekend.
The pair have presented the Friday Good Morning Britain several times over the past few weeks.
Most recently, Ben gave an update on his co-star Kate Garraway, who’s husband Derek is currently battling coronavirus.
Ahead of today’s programme, Charlotte told her 220,600 Twitter followers: “Wonder what we’ll be talking about tomorrow on
@GMB…? I’m on with @benshephard from 6-9am, see you then!
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Unsurprisingly, the topic of conversation this morning was Dominic Cummings, who was reported to have breached lockdown rules by travelling from London to Durham.
There have been calls for the politician to be sacked however Prime Minister Boris Johnson has defended him, insisting he had “no alternative” but to travel “when both he and his wife were about to be incapacitated by coronavirus”.
Good Morning Britain viewers were quick to call for Piers to return to the breakfast show to hold the politician to account.
One viewer begged: “Piers get on #GMB this week, your country needs you.”
Another added: “Christ, this pair are lame. What a day to be lumbered with them. #GMB.”
“I never thought I’d ever say this but this is one of the days I would have loved to see Piers Morgan on GMB #gmb,” a third posted.
Someone else shared: “Never thought I’d say this, but I’m really missing @piersmorgan on the telly this morning! Roll on next week when he’s back to take on the world! #gmb #PiersMorgan.”
“If ever there was a day when @piersmorgan should be on it is today #GMB.” a fifth continued.
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However, some viewers were thrilled to see a switch up of presenters, as one wrote: “What an absolute delight waking up putting @GMB and seeing @benshephard rather than @piersmorgan! Today’s ganna be a goooooood day #GMB #goodmorningbritain #PiersMorgan #piers.”
A second posted: “At last @RichardAArnold is back! No piers…@benshephard and @CharlotteHawkns are on this week is going to be lovely.#GMB.”
Piers told viewers last Wednesday: “We’re having this extraordinary thing where Susanna, Hilary and I, we’re going to have a week off.”
Susanna laughed: “What? Have we been allowed out?”
“We’ll have half-term off next week, even though, of course, there is no half term,” Piers continued.
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The next day, Piers hinted he may not return to GMB after his break away.
Opening GMB on Thursday, he said: “It’s 6.01am on Thursday, our last day…”
“Well, not ever,” Susanna interjected before Piers hit back: “You never know do you? These days.”
“We’ve got a little bit of leave coming up,” Susanna continued before her co-host noted their usual time off was going to be “weird” this time around.
“It’s weird to have half-term off when there’s no actual half term. We’re sort of having half term off from this,” Piers added.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.
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