Piers Morgan has slim to no chance of making GMB comeback, sources say
Good Morning Britain sources have claimed that there is a ‘slim to no chance’ that Piers Morgan will ever return to the ITV show.
Reports say that the channel’s director of television Kevin Lygo is fighting a “one man mission” to bring him back, reports The Sun.
This comes despite Ofcom clearing Piers of any wrongdoing following the presenter’s comments on Meghan Markle on the show, which led to him quitting.
After the ruling, Piers tweeted out: "Do I get my job back?"
Instead, bosses are reportedly looking to formally replace the host by the end of the year, with Richard Bacon and MoneySavingExpert founder Martin Lewis the current frontrunners.
The plan is reportedly to make it the “Susanna Reid show” and get a co-presenter to complement her, while giving the show a “kick up the a**e”.
Speaking to The Sun, a senior GMB source claimed: “The bosses know they need to give the show an entire refresh and will do so in the next couple of months.
“That’s not going to involve Piers though, the chances of him returning are slim to zero. Kevin is a big fan and has always said so, but he’s fighting a losing battle internally sadly.
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They went on: “Initially they had planned to do it in September but it’s such a big decision they want to get it right. Ben is just keeping the seat warm for now.
“Richard and Martin are topping the viewer approval ratings at the moment so they’re in the mix and fans will see more of them in the next few weeks.”
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An ITV source also claimed: “Piers decided to leave Good Morning Britain, we accepted his decision, and we have no current plans to invite him to present Good Morning Britain. We will continue to work with Piers on Life Stories.”
Following the Ofcom ruling, an ITV spokeswoman said: “We welcome the Ofcom ruling that Good Morning Britain did not breach the broadcast standards relating to harm and offence.
"The ruling sets out clearly that it was the balance and context the programme makers provided which was key in mitigating against the potential for harm and offence which could have been caused by Piers Morgan’s comments.
"It is because of the programme’s editorial decisions and the opposing views which were forcefully expressed by other presenters and guests, that the programme did not breach Ofcom’s rules.”
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