Piers Morgan is set to be replaced by ‘most secure possibility’ Ben Shephard
Who? As Good Morning Britain’s rankings plummet with out Piers, Ben Shephard is set to be his substitute after being seen because the ‘most secure possibility’
Regardless of plummeting rankings since outspoken Morgan, 55, left the present earlier this month, bosses on the ITV breakfast programme have determined that ‘consummate skilled’ Shephard represents the ‘most secure possibility’.
The transfer will disappoint these hoping that the high-profile job would go to a black or Asian presenter and dangers undermining the credibility of ITV’s pledge to have a extra various roster of stars on its daytime programmes.
Ben Shephard has been chosen to substitute Piers Morgan as co-presenter of Good Morning Britain, The Mail on Sunday understands
Ranvir Singh, GMB’s Political Editor, and Adil Ray, who has hosted the present previously, had been tipped for the publish. It is understood that Shephard will co-present the programme with Susanna Reid from Monday to Wednesday till September when they’ll assess how the partnership is taking place with viewers.
The daddy-of-two – as soon as teased by co-presenter Kate Garraway for utilizing two cushions on his chair to seem taller – is dealing with an uphill activity.
For Morgan’s final look on March 9, 1.29 million individuals tuned in to GMB, permitting it to overtake its bitter BBC Breakfast rival for the primary time. By final Wednesday, that determine had slumped to simply 800,000.
Morgan – who received popularity of his cruel questioning of Ministers over the pandemic – stop following a row over feedback wherein he mentioned that he ‘didn’t consider a phrase’ of what the Duchess of Sussex had informed Oprah Winfrey of their CBS interview.
For Morgan’s final look on March 9, 1.29 million individuals tuned in to GMB, permitting it to overtake its bitter BBC Breakfast rival for the primary time. By final Wednesday, that determine had slumped to simply 800,000
Following complaints from psychological well being teams – and the Duchess – he clarified his phrases, however refused to buckle to an ultimatum by ITV chiefs to apologise.
Ofcom has to this point obtained 57,000 complaints about his feedback.
Final evening, a supply mentioned: ‘ITV and GMB bosses had been completely unprepared for Piers going. Clearly the circumstances had been out of the blue and no one had a back-up plan. Ben, who is adored by the workers and far of the viewers, stepped in and the thought is now that he’ll work long run. He actually isn’t like-for-like for Piers, however then who is?’
Essex-born Shephard, 46, is admired by Emma Gormley, ITV’s Head of Daytime and one of many executives left to decide up the items after Morgan’s controversial departure.
Garraway, whose husband Derek Draper has been stricken in hospital by coronavirus for nearly a yr, is favorite to co-present GMB with Ms Reid on Thursdays.
TV critic Kevin O’Sullivan, who used to work with Morgan, backed the selection of Shephard.
He mentioned: ‘Ben is a wonderful broadcaster and clearly is aware of what he is doing, however will he deliver again that giant variety of the viewers that left when Piers Morgan did? I simply don’t suppose he can.’
A spokesman for ITV mentioned GMB’s viewing figures final week had been up six per cent on the corresponding week final yr.
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