‘Bring back Piers!’ GMB viewers tired of stand-in presenters in backlash at Richard Bacon
23rd August 2021

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Piers Morgan quit his role on GMB after a row over Meghan Markle pushed him to storm off set on March 9. He sparked thousands of Ofcom complaints when he said he “didn’t believe a word” Meghan Markle had said in her Oprah interview, when she claimed she had be left with “suicidal thoughts” during her time as a royal.

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Mental health charity Mind called his comments “concerning” and “disappointing”, and there was a tidal wave of calls for him to resign.

Mr Morgan had worked on the breakfast show since 2014, and his controversial opinions and aggressive interviewing style earned him a huge £1.1million per year.

Since his departure, ITV has been commissioning guest hosts to fill his spot, but viewer figures have slumped dramatically.

The day before Mr Morgan’s exit, the show reached a record high of 1.9 million viewers, but just three months later, figures had plummeted to just 451,000 a day.

The majority of Express readers, 70.5 percent, think GMB should bring back Piers Morgan, according to a poll of 3,692 held between 9am August 16 and 9am August 23.

One reader commented: “I never watched it if Morgan wasn’t on because the rest of the presenters are awful.”

Morgan claimed he was asked to return to the show but turned down the offer.

He told The Sun: “I have no doubt I could take the ratings back to where I left them – but the doubt is, would anyone be allowed to do it that way again?

“I was hired to give very strong, honestly held opinions, which I did. But in the end I was asked to apologise for a genuinely held opinion.”

Many Express readers made it clear Piers Morgan would not be welcome back on their TV screens.

A voter said: “My dog is better qualified than Piers Morgan.”

Susan Denham agreed: “How this obnoxious nonentity ever got a job is beyond me.”

Whilst another added: “Anyone is good enough to replace motormouth.”

But Piers’ newest stand-in, Richard Bacon, was not popular with our readers after his debut presenting on GMB last week, as 69 percent of voters said they were not happy with him replacing Mr Morgan.

One person remarked: “His interviewing technique is to talk over people, he just loves his own thoughts.”

Many viewers found it ironic Richard Bacon was interrogating shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy over Britain’s policy on Afghanistan, when he currently lives in Los Angeles.

When asked which stand-in presenter had been GMB viewers’ favourite, Ben Shephard took home the largest portion of the vote, followed closely by Richard Madeley, whilst Alex Beresford was the least popular presenter.

The most popular presenter, Ben Shephard, is taking some time off of GMB as he films the next series of popular game show Tipping Point.

Some readers called for TV personality Judge Robert Rinder to take up the hot seat left behind by Piers Morgan.

Mr Rinder is a practising barrister who stars on reality TV show ‘Judge Rinder’s Crime Stories’, and is well-known for posing cutting questions.

Reader, Mandy Jean Cole, commented: “If you want a presenter that has got what the job needs, someone who has studied politics, law, acting and presenting and has a repour with Susanna Reid, it would be Robert Rinder.”

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