ITV ‘lines up Victoria Derbyshire as replacement for Piers Morgan on GMB’

ITV has lined up Victoria Derbyshire as a potential replacement for Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain, according to reports.

Victoria, 52, has previously worked at the BBC for her current affairs programme The Victoria Derbyshire Show, which was cancelled in March 2020.

And the journalist, who starred in I’m a Celebrity, has caught the eye of Good Morning Britain producers as they try to find someone to replace controversial host Piers.

Piers quit this week after storming off the GMB set when challenged by Alex Beresford of his “trashing” of Meghan Markle, who had told Oprah Winfrey she felt suicidal while pregnant.

Piers said he “did not believe a word” of what Meghan said in her interview alongside husband Prince Harry.

A source told The Sun : “ITV producers have been looking for the right platform for Victoria for a while.

Victoria Derbyshire
Victoria Derbyshire’s current affairs show was cancelled last year

“They think she is a real talent and one of the few opinionated TV journalists who could be a real powerhouse addition to GMB.

“She’s not afraid to challenge guests, ask tough questions, get straight to the point and wax lyrical about what she believes in. They’re using Piers’ exit as an opportunity to trial new faces.”

The Mirror has contacted representatives for ITV and Victoria Derbyshire for comment.

Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan quit his hosting slot on GMB after a row over Meghan Markle

In 2017, Victoria’s show won a BAFTA for its coverage of former footballers who had been sexually abused, while Victoria won Broadcaster of the Year at the PinkNews awards in 2015 and 2016.

But she was said to be blindsided by the show’s sudden cancellation, and claimed she only learnt she’d been axed when reading the news.

In a series of tweets, she wrote: “Absolutely devastated at the plan to end our programme (which I first learned about in yesterday’s Times).

Victoria Derbyshire
Victoria is said to be favoured for the role as she isn’t afraid to ask “tough questions”

“I’m unbelievably proud of what our team and our show have achieved in under 5 years..

“…breaking tonnes of original stories (which we were asked to do); attracting a working class, young, diverse audience that BBC radio & TV news progs just dont reach (which we were asked to do); & smashing the digital figures (which we were asked to do) …

“I’m gutted particularly for our brilliant, young, ambitious, talented team – love ‘em. And for all those people we gave a voice to. Love them too.”

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