Ben Shephard is ‘tipped to replace Piers Morgan’ on Good Morning Britain, it has been claimed.
Appearing on the ITV series, he told viewers he didn’t ‘believe a word’ the Duchess of Sussex said as she opened up about her mental health and suicidal thoughts – leading to 57,000 Ofcom complaints.
At the time, the corporation confirmed his exit with a brief statement, which read: ‘Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain.
‘ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.’
Ranvir Singh took over hosting duties alongside Susanna Reid the following morning, with Ben appearing this week.
And an insider has suggested that this could be a permanent changed going forward.
‘Ben, who is adored by the staff and much of the audience, stepped in and the thought is now that he will work long term.
‘He certainly isn’t like-for-like for Piers, but then who is?’
However, ITV has not revealed any plans to replace Piers just yet.
Since his exit, fans have been campaigning for his return to the show, with thousands of fans signing petitions calling for his comeback.
While the Life Stories host has yet to share news of his next venture, he has ruled out a return to GMB.
‘I won’t be going back, but thanks to everyone who has signed these petitions,’ he said in a tweet addressing the support.
‘Normally, people start petitions to have me fired or deported, so this is a pleasant surprise.’