LORRAINE Kelly has hinted that Ben Shephard will replace Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain.
Piers, 55, dramatically quit the show last night after senior execs wanted him to say sorry on air following his heated clash with the show’s weatherman Alex Beresford over Meghan Markle.
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This morning he was replaced on air by Ranvir Singh but his ITV co-star Lorriane revealed during an appearance on The One Show last night that she thinks Ben is a shoe-in to take over full time.
Host Rylan read out a reader’s question asking for her opinion on who would take over.
He said: “Scott on Twitter says ‘Lorraine who do you think will make a good replacement for Piers Morgan?’”
Lorraine replied: “I feel Ben Shephard is already having his cocoa and putting his jammies on…”
Ben currently hosts the show on Thursday and Fridays alongside Kate Garraway.
Lorraine also revealed that Piers had emailed her to tell her he was leaving but admitted she had “no real details.”
“It’s certainly going to be quieter,” she said.
“We all wish him well. We all wish him absolutely all the best. Like I say, it will be calmer.”
Piers stormed off set during the huge row on Tuesday morning after Alex criticised him for his reaction to Meghan’s claims she contemplated suicide and was racially abused by the Royal Family.
But Piers said he was not willing to apologise, and walked – bringing an immediate end to his six-year stint on the morning show.
He took to Twitter this morning to say he still doesn’t believe what Meghan said during her bombshell Oprah interview.
His co-host Susanna Reid, 50, paid tribute to her “outspoken, opinionated, and disruptive” former co-star on the show this morning.
Susanna looked emotional when she first arrived in the studio, and admitted that though she often disagreed with Piers, he will be missed.
It comes as:
- Susanna Reid pays emotional tribute to ‘outspoken & disruptive’ Piers
- Piers Morgan quit GMB after refusing to apologise on air
- Ranvir Singh says Piers Morgan complaints ‘had to be taken seriously’
- What happened between Piers Morgan and Alex Beresford?
- Here’s why Piers isn’t on GMB this morning
She told fans: “A number of viewers will of course know the news and many of you will not, and be surprised that Piers isn’t here this morning.
“Piers was an outspoken, opinionated, and disruptive broadcaster. You will know I disagreed with him about Meghan’s interview.
“He himself clarified his comments on the show yesterday about her mental health.
“There are many voices on Good Morning Britain and everyone has their say, he had his and Piers has now decided to leave the programme.”