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Piers Morgan announced he was stepping down as a host of Good Morning Britain after almost six years on Tuesday following his comments about Meghan Markle.
While the presenter’s former co-host Susanna Reid, 50, sat alongside Strictly Come Dancing’s Ranvir Singh on Wednesday’s show, fans are calling for Richard Madeley to replace the 55-year-old on a permanent basis.
One fan joked on Twitter following Piers’ exit: “Richard Madeley taking GMB's call right about now,” while another tweeted: “So where’s the petition to have Richard Madeley replace Piers Morgan?”
“Can Richard Madeley get his highlights done in time for tomorrow?” a third social media user wrote.
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Absolute Radio even posted: “This morning's #SocialAmmo features @RealDysonator's favourite to take over from Piers Morgan… Richard Madeley, give them nation what they want.”
“Give it to Richard Madeley until the end of the season,” a fan predicted.
Despite this, after GMB presenter Alex Beresford had a debate with Piers on the show on Tuesday before Piers walked off set, one fan added: “Rather than pushing Richard Madeley, would it make sense to give the job to the guy that finally went ‘you know what, bout had enough of you Piers’ and got him to walk off. Give Alex Beresford the co presenter Job.”
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When Ranvir stepped in to co-host with Susanna on Wednesday morning’s programme, fans seemed to also like the idea of the ITV star replacing Piers in the long run.
“Ranvir Singh is the perfect replacement for Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain,” one shared.
“She's intelligent, incisive and balanced. Susanna will again have the chance to shine after being overshadowed by Piers for so many years.#gmb #goodmorningbritain.”
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Another wrote: “They replaced Piers Morgan with a woman of colour and I think that's beautiful… #ranvirsingh.”
Piers announced his departure from the show shortly after Ofcom launched an investigation into his comments over Meghan Markle, as they received over 40,000 complaints after the anchor said he “doesn’t believe” the Duchess of Sussex was left feeling “suicidal” during her pregnancy with Archie.
Viewers saw Susanna found it difficult to present without Piers by her side on Wednesday morning as she announced: “A number of people, of course, will know the news and many of you will not and will be surprised that Piers Morgan is not here this morning.
“Now, Piers and I have disagreed on many things, and that dynamic was one of the things that viewers loved about the programme. He is without a doubt an outspoken, challenging, opinionated, disruptive broadcaster. He has many critics and he has many fans.”
She went on to say: “You all know that I disagreed with him about Meghan's interview. He, himself, clarified his comments about her mental health on the show yesterday.
"There are many voices on GMB and everyone has their say. But now Piers has decide to leave the programme.”
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