Piers Morgan news: 360k fans beg for ex-GMB host to return as 'safe option' Ben Shepherd replaces presenter on ITV show

Piers Morgan news: 360k fans beg for ex-GMB host to return as 'safe option' Ben Shepherd replaces presenter on ITV show

FANS are begging Piers Morgan to return to Good Morning Britain as more than 360,000 have signed petitions calling for him to be reinstated as host.

The 55-year-old star sensationally quit the show rather than apologise for saying he didn't believe Meghan Markle earlier this month.

His departure has seen the number of people tuning in to ITV's breakfast news programme tumble – sparking a ratings crisis on the show.

Five petitions begging Piers to return have been set up – the most popular of which has been signed by 154,580 people.

But it appears producers have already decided his replacement after Piers ruled out returning to the show.

His seat on the show will be taken by Ben Shephard after ITV bosses went for the "safest option" according to reports today.

Ben has been chosen to take his place according to the Mail on Sunday saying he represents the "safest option".

A source told the paper: "ITV and GMB bosses were totally unprepared for Piers going.

"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?"

Follow our Piers Morgan live blog below for the very latest news and updates…

  • Katie Davis

    GMB TO REPLACE PIERS WITH 'SAFE OPTION'

    Piers Morgan's seat on Good Morning Britain will be taken by Ben Shephard after ITV bosses went for the "safest option" according to reports today.

    Producers have been left scrambling for a replacement on the show ever since the 55-year-old dramatically quit after a row about Meghan Markle.

    Ben has been chosen to take his place according to the Mail on Sunday saying he represents the "safest option".

    A source told the paper: "ITV and GMB bosses were totally unprepared for Piers going.

    "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?"

  • Katie Davis

    PETITIONS BEGGING PIERS TO RETURN TO GMB HIT 360K

    Petitions begging Piers Morgan to return to Good Morning Britain have now racked up a staggering 360,000 signatures.

    The 55-year-old star quit the show rather than apologise for saying he didn't believe Meghan Markle earlier this month.

    His departure has seen the number of people tuning in to ITV's breakfast news programme tumble – sparking a ratings crisis on the show.

    Five petitions begging Piers to return have been set up – the most popular of which has been signed by 154,580 people.

    Titled 'Keep Piers Morgan on GMB for this common sense approach to life', it is on track to reach its target of 200,000 signatures.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PIERS TOPS LIST OF MOST POPULAR ‘BEER-GOGGLE’ PIN-UPS

    Piers Morgan is attractive to almost HALF of women – but only when they are drunk.

    The former Good Morning Britain host is so irresistible he tops the list of the UK’s most popular ‘beer goggle’ pin-ups.

    The 55-year-old firebrand presenter scored 39 per cent of the vote in a new survey.

    But most women are only drawn to him when they have had a few.

    It is the perfect example of the beer goggle phenomenon in which alcohol makes physically unattractive people appear beautiful or sexually desirable.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PIERS COMMENTS ON JOE BIDEN'S TUMBLE ON AIR FORCE ONE STEPS

    Piers Morgan on Friday comments on Joe Biden's trip on the stairs as board Air Force One.

    THe president fell over three times as he climbed the carpeted stair case.

    Piers simply tweeted "Yikes…" along with an emoji of a monkey covering its face.

  • Joseph Gamp

    COLEEN NOLAN LEFT RED-FACED AS PIERS MORGAN ASKS WHY SHE SAID SON, 15, COULD GO TO AMSTERDAM TO SLEEP WITH A PROSTITUTE

    COLEEN Nolan was left red-faced as Piers Morgan quizzed her about saying her son, then 15, could go to Amsterdam to sleep with a sex worker.

    The Loose Woman panellist, 56, famously made the comment on Loose Women back in 2005, when she revealed she would pay for Shane Jr to go to Amsterdam if he did well in his GCSEs – and wouldn’t mind if he slept with a prostitute while he was there.

    Piers couldn’t resist asking her about the comment as she appeared on Life Stories this evening – leaving Shane, who was watching in the audience, squirming.

    Coleen tried to make out that it had been reported in the press the wrong way, but son Shane piped up: “No it wasn’t!” The 56-year-old then revealed that she didn’t actually say he could sleep with a sex worker but had told him he could go anywhere he wanted.

    "He said he would like to go to Amsterdam. So I was saying this on Loose Women and they said, 'why do you think he wants to go to Amsterdam.'"

    She admitted that she wasn’t naïve about why he wanted to go there, saying “it wasn’t to smell the tulips”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    UNSEEN FOOTAGE FROM MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY’S BOMBSHELL OPRAH INTERVIEW COULD BE AIRED BY ITV

    MORE unseen footage from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s bombshell Oprah interview could soon be aired by ITV.

    The tell-all chat, which was watched by 12.4million viewers when it first aired in the UK, made a series of fierce revelations about the Royal Family.

    More than 90 minutes of footage has yet to have been broadcast, and the palace fear it could feature more groundbreaking revelations.

    An industry source told the Sunday People: “There is a lot of interest in showing the interview in full. The original programme was the biggest show of the year so far in the UK and was bought by firms around the world.

    “Showing more of it would be a guaranteed ratings winner. Oprah’s production company know they’re sitting on a goldmine so it’s possible a deal could be done.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    PIERS ACCUSED MEGHAN & HARRY OF ‘CAMPAIGN TO SMEAR ROYALS AS RACIST’

    Piers Morgan has claimed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are running a “deliberate and malicious campaign” to smear the Royal Family as a “bunch of heartless racists”. 

    The former GMB presenter, 55, branded the couple’s behaviour “disgusting” – a week after dramatically quitting ITV following a clash with weatherman Alex Beresford over the Sussexes’ Oprah interview.

    Piers told viewers he “didn’t believe a word” of Meghan’s CBS interview, in which she said she “didn’t want to be alive” and that the Palace had denied her mental health support.  Meghan also alleged that an unnamed royal had raised “concerns” about the “skin colour” of her and Harry’s children.

    In a tweet Morgan wrote: “There’s a very deliberate & malicious campaign being perpetrated by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to smear, defame and trash Britain, our Monarchy & the Royal Family as a bunch of heartless racists.

    “It’s disgusting. Time to stand up for our Queen.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    RACHEL RILEY ‘WANTS PIERS MORGAN’S JOB’ AND ‘CELEBRATED’ AFTER GMB HOST QUIT

    Rachel Riley has said she “would love Piers Morgan’s job” after he sensationally quit Good Morning Britain.

    Piers, 55, quit the show on Tuesday after Meghan Markle complained to ITV to raise concerns his words might affect those struggling with mental health.

    Shortly after the news broke, Countdown star Rachel was overheard discussing his exit.

    A source said: “Rachel was in great spirits when she left filming yesterday and was heard saying she would be going home to celebrate the news Piers had left.

    “It seems, like many people, she disagreed with his Meghan Markle comments. She also said she would love to do his job. She said there was no doubt about it!”

  • Joseph Gamp

    PIERS MORGAN SAYS HE’S WORTH MORE THAN £10M IN BIDDING WAR

    Piers Morgan has insisted he is worth more than £10million as he plans his comeback after leaving Good Morning Britain.

    The 55-year-old presenter dramatically quit the ITV show last week following complaints over Meghan Markle.

    Now, Piers is believed to be locked in a mega-money bidding war that could see him return to the US.

    Following the rumours, Piers took to Twitter to give his say on the matter.

    Reposting The Sun’s article, the host responded: “Only 10?”

  • Joseph Gamp

    PIERS MORGAN WILL RETURN ‘TURBOCHARGED’ SAYS PR GURU

    Piers Morgan will return “turbocharged” with a new TV show and columns, a leading PR figure has claimed.

    PR expert Mark Borkowski is convinced he’ll come back and be more successful than ever.

    In an article headlined: “The Marmite man will certainly be back”, Mark explained: “People think the juggernaut has been neutered, but quite the opposite. It’s been turbocharged.

    “Piers has the confidence of his opinions, and ultimately, he knows that when people tell you to apologise, or you’re out, you have to have the confidence to walk.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    ‘I’M WATCHING AND I WILL RETALIATE’, WARNS PIERS

    Piers Morgan is “ready to retaliate” against the “hypocrite” celebrities who slammed him in the Meghan Markle row.

    The former Good Morning Britain host, who quit after clashing live on air with weatherman Alex Beresford, sent a “memo” on Twitter that he will be seeking revenge on “woke” stars.

    Now, Piers has vowed to “retaliate” against the stars who rallied up against him, including John Cleese, Patrick J Adams and Chelsea Handler.

    He wrote to Twitter: “Memo to all high-profile, insufferably woke, unctuously virtue-signalling, shamefully race-baiting hypocrites: I’m watching, and I will retaliate.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    MARTIN BASHIR CLAIMS PRINCESS DIANA IS TO BLAME FOR 'SMEARS' AGAINST HIM AND FALSE INFORMATION ABOUT ROYALS 'CAME FROM MYSTICS'

    More unseen footage from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's bombshell Oprah interview could soon be aired by ITV.

    The tell-all chat, which was watched by 12.4million viewers when it first aired in the UK, made a series of fierce revelations about the Royal Family.

    Now ITV want to show more unseen clips of the bombshell interview as more than 90 minutes of footage is yet to have been broadcast, and the palace fear it could feature more groundbreaking revelations.

    An industry source told the Sunday People: “There is a lot of interest in showing the interview in full. The original programme was the biggest show of the year so far in the UK and was bought by firms around the world.

    “Showing more of it would be a guaranteed ratings winner. Oprah’s production company know they’re sitting on a goldmine so it’s possible a deal could be done.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    PIERS MORGAN CONFIRMS HE IS FILMING NEW EPISODES OF LIFE STORIES

    PIERS Morgan has confirmed he’s filming more Life Stories shows and is ‘staying at ITV’ after quitting Good Morning Britain.

    The 55-year-old presenter caused chaos when he stormed off the breakfast show and later quit, following his refusal to apologise to Meghan Markle over comments he made about her mental health.

    Many of his 7.8 million Twitter followers were devastated when he left Good Morning Britain and bombarded Piers with requests to stay on the air.

    One contacted him on Twitter last night after his Life Stories episode with Coleen Nolan, to which he replied: “Thanks Andrew – don’t worry, I’m filming some more soon.”

    It comes after Piers said on Twitter on Wednesday: “Reports of my ITV demise have been greatly exaggerated…. I’m back already.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    MORGAN PETITIONS PASS 360,000 SIGNATURES

    Petitions to get Piers Morgan reinstated on Good Morning Britain have exceeded 360,000 signatures.

    At least five web pages have been set up to get the presenter back on ITV’s breakfast programme, the Daily Mail reports.

    It comes as GMB continues to struggle in the TV ratings, losing out to its rival BBC Breakfast.

    The GMB audience is now down by 450,000 from the 1.29million who tuned in on Tuesday of last week – which was the first time the ITV broadcast had beaten its long-time rival BBC Breakfast, which had 1.25m.

  • Joseph Gamp

    JUDGE RINDER WOULD BE 'TOUGHER' THAN PIERS MORGAN IF HE GOT GOOD MORNING BRITAIN JOB

    Exclusive by Jessica Gibb

    JUDGE Rinder says he will be tougher on politicians on Good Morning Britain than Piers Morgan — if he gets the job.

    Co-host Susanna Reid's pal is now top choice to replace Piers, who quit the show last week, as ITV bosses want to keep the chemistry she had with her ex-anchor.

    Rob Rinder, 42, told The Sun: "I think the politicians and people that whinge about the world that come on that programme to be crossexamined will consider Piers a birthday present.

    "If I was on it, that's all I'm saying, no other comment."

    An insider said: "The dynamic between them would be instant. They have been pals for years — even holidaying together."

  • Joseph Gamp

    PIERS MORGAN SLAMS TROLLS OVER SENDING DEATH THREATS TO SHARON OSBOURNE

    Piers, 55, has now taken to Twitter and confirmed that Sharon has now become victim to vile death threats.

    Sharing a report from TMZ, he commented: “This is true, and so disgusting.

    “The woke brigade are the new fascists. If you don’t agree with them, they want to kill you.”

    Read the full story here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PIERS MORGAN THREATENED TO QUIT GMB FIVE TIMES BEFORE STORMING OFF SHOW

    Piers Morgan threatened to quit Good Morning Britain FIVE times before he sensationally quit, following comments he made about Meghan Markle.

    The Life Stories host had warned ITV bosses – and even viewers too – that he could walk out and cut ties with co-host Susanna Reid at a moment’s notice.

    Piers first threatened to quit his job four years ago LIVE on air.

    Read the full story here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PIERS SAYS WOKE BRIGADE ARE ‘FASCISTS’: ‘IF YOU DON’T AGREE WITH THEM THEY WANT TO KILL YOU’

    Piers retweeted an article about Sharon Osbourne hiring security after receiving death threats.

    The former GMB host said: “This is true, and so disgusting.

    “The woke brigade are the new fascists.

    “If you don’t agree with them, they want to kill you.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    PIERS MORGAN WILL RETURN ‘TURBOCHARGED’ SAYS PR GURU

    Piers Morgan will return “turbocharged” with a new TV show and columns, a leading PR figure has claimed.

    PR expert Mark Borkowski is convinced he’ll come back and be more successful than ever.

    In an article headlined: “The Marmite man will certainly be back”, Mark explained: “People think the juggernaut has been neutered, but quite the opposite. It’s been turbocharged.

    “Piers has the confidence of his opinions, and ultimately, he knows that when people tell you to apologise, or you’re out, you have to have the confidence to walk.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    PATSY PALMER WEARS CRYPTIC YES/NO OUTFIT

    Patsy Palmer was seen out for first time since storming off Good Morning Britain as the EastEnders star walked her dog in a cryptic Yes/No outfit.

    Patsy, 48, wore the black logo sweatshirt and paired it with a pair of velour bottoms – which matched the colour of her hair.

    The eye-catching top had the word ‘yes’ on the front, but when the wellness enthusiast turned around, you could seen the opposite word ‘no’ emblazoned on the back.

    Read our full story here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: PIERS MORGAN BRANDS MEGHAN MARKLE A LIAR AGAIN AS HE REIGNITES FEUD

    Piers Morgan brands Meghan Markle a liar AGAIN as he reignites feud

     

  • Joseph Gamp

    SUSANNA REID ‘DIDN’T SEE BORIS’ AS SHE GETS COVID JAB

    Susanna Reid joked she “didn’t see Boris, do need a haircut” as she revealed she has had her first dose of the Covid vaccine.

    The Good Morning Britain star, 50, said she received the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson also received his first dose on Friday.

    Sharing a photo of herself getting the injection, she wrote: “JABBED! Thanks to Kamilah who administered the AZ vax (& Graeme who booked me in).

    “Thumbs up to all the hard-working staff & volunteers at St Thomas’ Hospital vaccination centre (where Boris Johnson also got his today) on a record day for jabs.”

    She shared a different picture on Instagram, which showed her looking away from the needle, and wrote: “Didn’t see Boris. Do need a haircut.”

  • Jon Rogers

    MORGAN PETITIONS PASS 360,000 SIGNATURES

    Petitions to get Piers Morgan reinstated on Good Morning Britain have exceeded 360,000 signatures.

    At least five web pages have been set up to get the presenter back on ITV's breakfast programme, the Daily Mail reports.

    It comes as GMB continues to struggle in the TV ratings, losing out to its rival BBC Breakfast.

    The GMB audience is now down by 450,000 from the 1.29million who tuned in on Tuesday of last week – which was the first time the ITV broadcast had beaten its long-time rival BBC Breakfast, which had 1.25m.

  • Jon Rogers

    GMB HELD 'CRISIS' MEETING IN WAKE OF PALMER INTERVIEW

    GOOD Morning Britain bosses have held a “crisis” meeting over the handling of Patsy Palmer’s interview amid a viewer exodus.

    The ex-EastEnder cut short a Zoom chat after seeing herself called an “addict” in text on screen.

    Insiders claimed it left chiefs concerned about the ITV show’s dwindling reputation.

    The talks came as Piers Morgan, who quit GMB last week after walking off set, was handed a new show to celebrate the success of his Life Stories.

    Read the full story here.

  • Jon Rogers

    CLARKSON IN 'FULL AGREEMENT' WITH MORGAN

    Jeremy Clarkson has said he is in "full agreement" with Piers Morgan in ex-GMB host's ongoing row with Meghan Markle.

    Writing in The Sun, Clarkson said: "What a weird time we had after Princess Harry was interviewed in America by that strange bouffant woman in leather wellies.

    "It was especially weird for me because, for the first time ever, I found myself in full agreement with both Nigel Farage AND Piers Morgan."

    But he added: "Mind you, after his row with that embryonic weatherman, Piers did go on to say that Meghan had done enormous damage to the Royal Family, which meant I could go back to disagreeing with him.

    "Yes, she is much revered by the young and the stupid who believe that her brand of simpering victimhood will one day bring down the monarchy, but it won’t."

    Read the full story here.

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