Piers Morgan news: 360k fans beg for ex-GMB host to return as ‘safe option’ Ben Shepherd replaces presenter on ITV show

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FANS are begging Piers Morgan to return to Good Morning Britain as more than 360,000 have signed petitions calling for him to be reinstated as host.

The 55-year-old star sensationally quit the show rather than apologise for saying he didn’t believe Meghan Markle earlier this month.

His departure has seen the number of people tuning in to ITV’s breakfast news programme tumble – sparking a ratings crisis on the show.

Five petitions begging Piers to return have been set up – the most popular of which has been signed by 154,580 people.

But it appears producers have already decided his replacement after Piers ruled out returning to the show.

His seat on the show will be taken by Ben Shephard after ITV bosses went for the “safest option” according to reports today.

Ben has been chosen to take his place according to the Mail on Sunday saying he represents the “safest option”.

A source told the paper: “ITV and GMB bosses were totally unprepared for Piers going.

“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.

“He certainly isn’t like-for-like for Piers, but then who is?”

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