‘Nice to see a grown-up there’ Richard Madeley in swipe at GMB co-stars over line-up

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Richard Madeley, 65, has become the latest ITV presenter to step into Piers Morgan’s shoes by fronting Good Morning Britain in a guest hosting stint this week. It comes after Piers, 56, suddenly quit the programme back in March after storming off set following a row with Alex Beresford, 40, over Meghan Markle’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

However, Richard has seemingly taken a swipe at GMB and its stars for a lack of “grown-up” presenters while praising his fellow guest host Alastair Campbell, who presented the show with Susanna Reid last month.

Speaking ahead of his own guest hosting role, Richard commended Alastair’s work on the programme by saying it was “nice to see a grown-up there”.

In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, the ITV favourite addressed rumours that he is set to become Piers’ permanent replacement, saying: “It’s literally the truth that I have not had a phone call, or an email, or anything from anyone, either on the programme or from ITV.

“It seems to me it’s quite obvious that, quite rightly, and very sensibly, they’re trying people out.

“They tried out Alastair Campbell.”

Sharing his opinions on Alastair’s performance, Richard added: “I thought he did really good interviews. 

“It’s nice to see a grown-up there, he’s a proper journo and has spent half of his career on newspapers and that was good to see.

“So I think he did jolly well.”

 

Giving more details about his stint hosting the show, Richard continued: “I’m going in in June, but it’s not a trial because I’ve already done it dozens of times. 

“I’m just going in to fill in, I’m just doing a few days in June. 

“I don’t think there’s any significance to that, it’s just now that the Covid restrictions are lifting a bit and they’re allowing more presenters in, it’s just me going back to what I did before which is to fill in. 

“Yes, if they were to ask me, I would take that very seriously and I would think about it very seriously.”

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He added: “But they haven’t asked me and I have no reason to expect them to, although I’ve seen the bookies’ odds and I’ve seen the opinion polls and I seem to feature in them. 

“That’s nothing to do with reality, you know, the reality is a contract. 

“It’s not an opinion poll and it’s not bookies’ favourites you know that’s not real.”

Richard continued to say that he is not letting the rumour mill affect him.

The star vowed not to emulate Piers’ presenting style and insisted he will be true to himself on the show.

The television personality and journalist divulged: “When I go and do it simply temporarily, it’s a temporary filling, I’ll do it the way I do it and the way I’ve always done it and will be absolutely me. 

“I certainly won’t be pretending to be Piers. You just want authenticity don’t you? You just want to feel like people are talking to you on a level and not pretending to be something that they’re not.”

Richard is said to be the bookies’ favourite to replace Piers permanently, after stepping in for him many times previously.

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