PIERS Morgan today dropped an almighty hint that his days hosting Good Morning Britain are numbered.
Speaking about the long holiday he was taking at the end of the week, the 55-year-old read a message from a viewer concerned he was quitting, saying: “I’m not. Leaving next year… possibly.”
It comes after he raised the possibility be could depart in his newspaper column, saying the thought crossed his mind “every time my alarm goes off at 4.45am”.
But who could replace the man dubbed the “saviour of breakfast TV” by none other than telly veteran Eamonn Holmes? We take a look at the top contenders…
Many believe Ben would be the obvious choice to take over from Piers – because he already has on so many occasions.
He takes his seat when he has Thursdays and Fridays off and even stepped in when he came down with what looked at the time like coronavirus symptoms.
The 45-year-old star is certainly a much calmer host – but would bosses be looking for someone who can deliver the non-stop fireworks Piers does?
Eamonn himself is an unlikely candidate for the job, with a regular gig deputising with wife Ruth Langsford for Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on This Morning.
However, the slot is very much the 60-year-old’s home turf, having anchored GMTV’s first show in 1993, followed by a similarly newsy gig on Sky News’ Sunrise.
He even took a turn in the host’s chair on Good Morning Britain in 2017, telling viewers: “I’ve been out of news for six months now and it’s great to get back in.”
Regular stand-in Adil is certainly an accomplished presenter – but he might not get a ringing endorsement from Piers after one of his recent jibes.
The 46-year-old comic joked on Have I Got News For You: “The best thing about standing in for Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain is that you don’t have to meet Piers Morgan.”
Piers hit back: “Adil Ray apparently stands in for me, some comedian guy. He won’t be filling in again, sunshine. No more Adil Ray, see if he laughs at that.”
Before his controversial ITV daytime talk show was cancelled last year, Jeremy was a regular stand-in on Good Morning Britain.
His appearances often divided opinion, with some objecting to him shouting – with one viewer complaining he couldn’t cope because the 54-year-old was ever louder than Piers.
However, with Peter Andre’s manager now behind him, it surely can’t be long now before we see Jezza returning to screens.
The BBC veteran crossed the great channel divide to be reunited with his old Breakfast co-star Susanna Reid earlier this year.
Viewers expecting calm and measured reporting were left open-mouthed as the show descended into a circus after 64-year-old Bill had the whole crew looking for his missing earpiece.
And he the mischievous broadcaster even had a dig for the regular host when pancakes were made of their faces, saying: “They were going to do one for Piers but they couldn’t find a pan big enough for his head.”
You never quite know what Piers is going to say – but much of the time you couldn’t guess given a million years what Richard is about to blurt out.
The 64-year-old broadcaster, often compared to a real-life Alan Partridge, delivers a level of unpredictability viewers seem to enjoy.
But he proved he was a little too unpredictable during one hosting stint when he managed to swear twice in the same show.