Who could replace Piers Morgan on ITV’s Good Morning Britain?
Who could replace Piers Morgan on ITV’s Good Morning Britain?

Piers Morgan no longer has a job on Good Morning Britain.

The divisive presenter stormed off set apparently never to fully return on Tuesday after being challenged by a now-former colleague over his response to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive Oprah interview.

Unleashing a torrent of vitriol towards the Duchess of Sussex on Monday morning, Morgan claimed he “wouldn’t believe it if she read me a weather report” following her allegation of racism against an unnamed royal and revelation that she had felt suicidal prior to the couple’s decision to “step back” as senior royals.

In addition to sparking calls of hypocrisy against ITV – which is running a mental health campaign called “Get Britain Talking” – and attracting tens of thousands of viewer complaints, prompting an Ofcom investigation, Morgan also drew the ire of GMB’s Alex Beresford – storming off set as the weatherman accused him of continuing to “trash” the Duchess after she had “cut him off”.

Just days after Markle also won a front-page apology from the Mail on Sunday, ITV said in a statement on Tuesday evening that Morgan “has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain”.

While many have pointed out that the impending launch of two new right-wing news channels in the UK fits fortuitously with Morgan’s departure, his exit creates room for some new opportunities in terms of how the national conversation is shaped every morning.

With that in mind here are some alternative suggestions for his future replacement:

1. The ‘feel like pure s***’ meme guy

In case Good Morning Britain viewers come to miss Morgan’s rants against Meghan Markle – whom he has accused of “ghosting” him, saying, “I really liked her, this is why it hurts” – we feel the person behind the “feel like pure s*** just want her back” meme could bring a similar, albeit possibly gentler, energy to the role.

2. A Vegan sausage roll

Given that Morgan’s currency is publicity, why not replace him with the co-star in arguably one of his most effective faux-outraged stunts during his tenure at GMB – a Greggs vegan sausage roll.

Although perhaps these ethical pastries aren’t quite cut out for the early starts required in morning TV. We’ve heard they can be a bit flaky.

3. Dennis Pennis

Paul Kaye’s fictional interviewer was terrorising celebrities with panache long before Morgan met Markle.

4. A feather duster

As Morgan’s Twitter bio states, “one day you’re cock of the walk, the next a feather duster”.

5. Arsene Wenger

Morgan’s beloved Arsenal have seen their ups and downs since they last won the Premier League in 2004. Although Morgan was thankful for those first few glorious seasons under Wenger, his disdain for the Frenchman only grew over time. Although he hasn’t returned to management yet Wenger has shown that he is more than capable in front of the TV cameras and would prove to be a very cultured and continental addition to GMB.

6. Alex Beresford

On a more serious note, many on social media speculated that by challenging Morgan on Monday, the GMB weatherman positioned himself as his ideal successor. Here’s what Beresford himself had to say following their clash:

7. Meghan Markle

Or why not go one step further and invite the Duchess of Sussex herself on every morning to have her say. Failing that, she could always just play herself in The Crown.

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