Piers Morgan’s latest GMB replacement confirmed as Alastair Campbell after exit
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Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan's latest replacement has been revealed as Alastair Campbell, featuring on the show two months after his sudden exit.
He will be sitting alongside Susanna Reid from Monday 10 until Wednesday 12, the Mirror has revealed.
The former Labour strategist, 63, who worked as Tony Blair's right-hand man, will feature as a guest presenter on the morning news programme.
A source told the publication: “Campbell's political analysis and journalism pedigree is second to none. MPs could certainly be in for a rough ride but it will make great TV.”
Alastair's appointment coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week, with GMB planning to host a number of features and specials to draw attention to the campaign.
Ahead of his appearance, Alastair told the publication he was "flattered" to be asked to front the show, admitting he once had ambitions of becoming a TV presenter before the world of politics came calling.
He said: “I am also looking forward to getting stuck into the big political and social issues at such an important and difficult time for the country, as well as brushing up my knowledge on some of the subjects that will take me out of my comfort zone.
“In addition, there is an element of finishing unfinished business here… back in the mid 90s I was a regular presenter of the paper reviews on BBC Breakfast and during the week the former Labour Leader John Smith died, I was in discussions with the programme about becoming a presenter. John’s sad death led to me working for Tony Blair and my life and career took a very different course…"
On the other hand, Alastair admitted he isn't looking forward to the early starts, with presenters getting up around 4am to head to ITV for hair and makeup before filming commences.
He added: “I must admit I am slightly dreading – make that totally dreading – getting out of bed in the middle of the night to get ready to present the show. But I am really looking forward to it.”
Piers' seat has been filled by a rotation of presenters since his sudden exit in early March, with the likes of Ranvir Singh, Adil Ray and Ben Shephard taking his place.
The outspoken broadcaster stepped down from the role on March 9 following a backlash against his coverage of Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Since Piers' exit, ITV boss Kevin Lygo has confirmed they had no immediate plans to recruit a permanent replacement for Piers.
He told Deadline: "We have a roster of presenters, including Ben Shephard, Susanna Reid, Charlotte Hawkins, and Kate Garraway.
"They're all stepping up and doing a few more days than they would have done… We'll mix and match until we feel what the right thing is to do. There isn't a single person who can replace him."
Good Morning Britain airs on weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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