GB News tipped to COLLAPSE after Andrew Neil resignation as bookies slash odds
Andrew Neil welcomed onto GB News by Farage as 'contributor'
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It was announced yesterday that Andrew Neil had resigned as chairman and presenter for GB News after telling viewers he needed a break from the channel. After just two weeks of the show beginning in July, Neil decided he needed to take a break and would return shortly after. However, GB News has now confirmed that Neil has quit the show, prompting bookmakers to tip the channel’s demise in the not-so-distant future.
Neil’s departure came just months after he played a crucial role in launching the network.
Paddy Power has estimated the channel’s impending collapse as short as 6/4, slashing odds from 4/1 prior to Neil’s resignation.
The news platform is also now odds-on to be off-air by 2025 with odds of 1/3.
The broadcast network could turn its attention to veteran broadcaster Piers Morgan to try and prevent a fall in ratings.
Morgan’s track record has been given a boost over his disagreement with GMB producers, with OFCOM recently backing Morgan’s statements over Meghan Markle which ultimately led to him leaving the ITV show.
The odds for him to replace Neil are at 2/1, while Nigel Farage is also in the running to become the new chairman at 5/1.
A surprising candidate as a replacement for Neil is the infamous Ann Widdecombe who is odds-on at 4/6.
A spokesperson at Paddy Power said: “Whatever you think of Andrew Neil and GB News, the channel was touted as a disrupter that would change the face of the UK news forever… but the only face that’s changed is Neil’s.
“It was supposed to be a match made in heaven, but this is one marriage that’s gone belly-up on the honeymoon!
“Hopefully, his old pal Piers can offer him some employment tips when they run into each other at the job centre.”
Releasing a statement on Monday evening, the network confirmed Neil had left his position as chairman and presenter on the channel.
Although Neil’s involvement in the show will now be very limited, the former BBC presenter will continue to contribute to the show as a guest in the future.
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“Our Chairman and Presenter Andrew Neil has stepped down from his roles at GB News and will instead appear as a regular guest commentator on our shows,” a brief Twitter statement read.
Neil spoke about his departure from the show and said: “I am sorry to go, but I have concluded it’s time to reduce my commitments.
“I wish GB News well in continuing to fulfil its founding promise and mission to reach audiences currently underserved by existing news broadcasters,” he continued.
Neil also confirmed the news on social media. In view of his 1.1million followers, he simply penned:
“It’s official: I have resigned as Chairman and Lead Presenter of GB News.”
A lot of Neil’s former colleagues were quick to respond to the news, with many wishing him the best success in his future.
Colin Brazier, who has stood in for Neil over the past few weeks, tweeted: “Andrew has been an inspiration to all of us at GB News.
“We look forward to seeing him again on the channel as a contributor. And, yes, having minded the shop for a few weeks, it’ll be nice to have my name above the door. @GBNEWS.” (sic)
Neil appeared later that evening on Nigel Farage’s segment of the show but failed to discuss his resignation and future.
Farage did mention, however: “But Andrew Neil is here as a GB News contributor and commentator and, I’m pleased to say, he’s going to regularly appear here on my show.”
“Thank you ever so much for joining me, and I look forward to seeing you at the same time next week,” Farage concluded.
GB News airs weekdays from 6am.
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