GMB’s Ben Shephard ‘lined up to replace Piers Morgan’ as he’s ‘safest option’

Ben Shephard is reportedly being lined up to replace Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain as ITV are believed to consider him the “safest option”.

Piers sensationally quit the show earlier this month in a row over his coverage of Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Ben, 46, has been filling in for Piers, 55, since his departure, and now the Mail on Sunday reports he will continue hosting alongside Susanna Reid until September.

The publication states there will then be a review to ” assess how the partnership is going down with viewers”.

A source told the paper: “ITV and GMB bosses were totally unprepared for Piers going… Nobody had a back-up plan.

Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain
Piers Morgan replaced by Ben Shephard since he left

“Ben, who is adored by the staff and much of the audience, stepped in and the thought is now that he will work long term…”

The publication report Ben is seen as the “safest option” as he’s the “consummate professional”.

Bookies had previously tipped Ben to become Piers’ full-time replacement following the fiery host’s exit.

Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain
Piers sensationally the show earlier this month

Fellow GMB host Ranvir Singh was also said to be in the running while former Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson was also mentioned as a possible replacement for Piers.

Reports have suggested the show has seen ratings slump since Piers’ departure, but ITV have confirmed viewing figures are healthy.

A spokesperson for GMB said: “In real terms GMB share of viewing continues to grow. This week was up 6% when compared to the same week last year and year to date is up 17% compared to 2020.”

Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain
Pier had hosted alongside Susanna for six years

Piers Morgan after he quit Good Morning Britain
Piers has since admitted he’s going into a ‘temporary hibernation’

There was also another huge setback this week when former EastEnders star Patsy Palmer angrily ended an interview with Susanna and Ben.

Patsy, 48, wasn’t happy about the fact that GMB had captioned her segment “addict to wellness guru” – and she slammed her laptop closed to bring the chat to an abrupt halt.

GMB bosses are said to have held “crisis talks” in the aftermath of the car crash interview.

Patsy Palmer stormed off GMB earlier this week
Patsy Palmer stormed off GMB earlier this week

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A show source told The Sun : “On Thursday, the GMB production team were summoned to a meeting about the handling of Patsy‚Äôs chat.

“Her interview was viewed as a disaster as obviously upsetting anyone is the last thing anyone would want.

“It was made clear to some members of the team that this was a crisis meeting as there were issues that needed addressing quickly.”

The Mirror has contacted representatives for ITV for comment.

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