GMB’s Alastair Campbell mortified as he accidentally announces ‘Queen’s death’

Good Morning Britain’s new host Alastair Campbell accidentally said Queen Elizabeth had died in an on-air gaffe on Wednesday’s show.

His error went unnoticed by co host Susanna Reid, but viewers messaged the show to point out the blunder and he later corrected himself.

The former Press Secretary to Tony Blair has been guest hosting the show after Piers Morgan stepped down after row over Meghan Markle.

While interviewing Vinnie Jones, Alastair, 63, said: “We’ve been talking a lot about Prince Philip after the death of the Queen. ”

Alastair Campbell and Susanna Reid interviewed Vinnie Jones on GMB
Alastair Campbell and Susanna Reid interviewed Vinnie Jones on GMB

He continued: “One of the phrases that kept being used was something she said after 911, the statement that we had to take to New York.

“‘Grief is the price we pay for love,’ and that’s what comes out of your book in every single page.

“Bits of it, especially considering its you, moves you to tears.”

GMB's Alastair Campbell accidentally referred to "the Queen's death"
GMB’s Alastair Campbell accidentally referred to “the Queen’s death”

While Susanna and Vinnie appeared undeterred, viewers immediately picked up on the remark about the Queen, and the show’s producers appeared to notify Alastair.

“Can I just say something, I think I may have accidentally announced the death of the Queen,” he said.

“I meant Prince Philip of course!”

Susanna reassured him: “I think people understood exactly what you meant!”

Meanwhile, Piers has become embroiled in a savage Twitter spat with Alastair over mental health campaigning.

The 56-year-old former GMB star brutally mocked his temporary replacement when the latter got the wrong end of the stick during an online exchange.

Alastair has been highlighting mental health work during his time on the show.

Alastair has joined Good Morning Britain as Piers’ replacement

On Tuesday, Piers took to Twitter to question if celebrities cash in on mental health campaigns as it is a frequent topic of conversation for stars to spotlight on social media, TV and interviews.

Questioning the validity of some celeb mental health charity endorsements, Piers asked: “I’m curious to know just how much money famous ‘mental health campaigners’ are making from constantly preaching about it & exploiting their myriad ‘problems’ – and what percentage of that money they give to mental health charities.”

He added: “Celebrity victimhood is a lucrative business.”

Piers Morgan brutally mocked Alastair Campbell in a Twitter exchange

Alastair hit back: “If you mean me @piersmorgan – @schooltruth and I have a charity account which takes a share of my earnings, which go to causes we believe in, mainly mental health and education for poorer children.

“I do paid speaking gigs and often ask for fees to be paid to charity.”

But Piers denied Alastair had been the inspiration for his Twitter comment, brutally hitting back: “No, I was talking about celebrities.”

Alastair replied: “Ah ok!”

* Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am

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