ITV bosses are reportedly considering a female co-presenter to replace Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain if he doesn’t return to the show.
The presenter, 56, left GMB earlier this year after refusing to apologize for his comments about Meghan Markle’s interview with Opera Winfrey.
Channel chiefs hope to make Susanna Reid their main presenter and hire a permanent co-host from their existing pool of talent — which could mean a second full-time woman would run the show, The sun reports.
New face of GMB? ITV bosses are reportedly considering a female co-presenter to replace Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain, if he doesn’t return to the show (pictured in March)
Since Piers’ departure from the breakfast show, a number of presenters have taken turns co-hosting the program, including Richard Madeley, Charlotte Hawkins, Ranvir Singh, Kate Garraway, Bill Turner and Alastair Campbell.
And an insider told the publication: “It’s very possible we have two women running the show. Susanna will lead the way, but her co-host’s job is up for grabs, and it will depend on who is most popular with viewers.
“The attitude behind the scenes is that there is no rush to find a replacement for Piers this year, the bosses want to make the right choice. They want to give a lot of people a chance and, as time goes on, focus more on the most popular hosts.
Host? It has been reported that channel chiefs are hoping to make Susanna Reid their main presenter and that a second full-time woman could run the show (pictured Ranvir Singh and Kate Garraway)
Dramatic: The 56-year-old presenter left GMB earlier this year after refusing to apologize for his comments about Meghan Markle’s interview with Opera Winfrey
“The feeling is that if Piers doesn’t come back it would be unfair to appoint a replacement right away, both on Piers and his replacement.”
MailOnline has reached out to ITV representatives for comment.
Last week, Piers claimed that ITV bosses had been in touch with him asking him to return to GMB The sun he thinks he can “bring the ratings back to where he left them” after a slump in ratings.
He said, ‘They reached out – there have been approaches. Never say never.
“I have no doubt that I can bring the ratings back to where I left them – but the doubt is whether anyone should be allowed to do it that way again?
“I was hired to give very strong, honest opinions, which I did. But in the end I was asked to apologize for a sincere opinion.’
Previous presenters: Piers claimed last week that ITV bosses had been in touch with him asking him to return to GMB, and believes he can ‘bring the ratings back to where he left them’
Existing talent: Laura Tobin and Charlotte Hawkins (both pictured on GMB in 2018) could be among the candidates considered to fill Piers’ empty seat
He added, “I’ve had some rather random third-party feelers put out to see if I’d consider returning to the show.”
Piers stormed off GMB in March when he discussed the Harry and Meghan interview, expressing his belief that Meghan lied during the conversation with Oprah Winfrey and that the pair were damaging the reputation of the royal family.
The outspoken host left the series during the day after insisting he “didn’t believe a word” of Meghan’s account of suicidal thoughts and experiencing racism at the hands of the royal family.
Piers then walked off the set after a heated debate with Alex, in which the weather host accused Piers of falsely “polluting” Meghan, calling him “devils.”
As Piers walked away from the screen, Alex continued, “I’m sorry, but Piers just spits out regularly and we have to sit there and listen.”
Quit: The outspoken host left the series during the day after insisting he “didn’t believe a word” of Meghan’s account of suicidal thoughts and experiencing racism
Piers, who declined to apologize, later announced his resignation and tweeted his thanks to the GMB team, praising them for their “hard work and dedication” that led them to defeat their main breakfast TV rival.
And soon after, Piers shared his own reflections on the events of that fateful week in a piece for the Mail On Sunday.
Piers called Alex “GMB’s occasional stand-in weatherman” and “tense” in the narration account, adding that the host hasn’t messaged him since he left, unlike others on the show.
It comes at a time when ratings for GMB’s show on Tuesday have plummeted to just 450,000.
Viewership for the ITV breakfast show has fallen steadily since Piers quit in March, peaking at 1.9 million viewers days before he left the show.
Tuesday’s GMB was hosted by Adil Ray and Ranvir Singh, with a small number of viewers watching after the May holiday.
Only 450,000 viewers tuned in to the program, one of the lowest numbers in the show’s seven-year history, and a far cry from its heyday when Piers was on the panel.
It was just twelve weeks earlier that GMB had its all-time high viewership, peaking at 1.9 million viewers who saw the panel respond to the interview with Megan and Harry Oprah that aired overnight. The number of viewers averaged 1,151,400 million.
The following day, 9 March, an average of 1.29 million viewers saw Piers storm off from GMB after clashing with Alex Beresford over the Meghan and Harry interview following its broadcast on UK screens.
Testing: It’s because ratings for GMB’s show on Tuesday dropped to just 450,000 (pictured Adil Ray with Ranvir)
That program ended up being Piers’ last, as he announced his retirement from the show just hours later.
Following the news that Piers had quit, the first show following his departure on March 10 saw ratings quickly take a hit, with an average of 1.24 million viewers watching Susanna react to her presenting partner’s departure alongside stand-in Ranvir.
The numbers continued to fall as the week progressed, and by the end of the week, ratings had dropped to just 850,000 viewers.
On Monday, March 15, the average viewership was 255,700 lower than the Monday before.
Decline: Piers’ final episode was a ratings hit, beating BBC Breakfast ratings for the first time, prompting him to thank the production team’s ‘hard work and dedication’