Entertainment Viewers turn on Alex Beresford as he takes Piers Morgan's seat on GMB

14:14  26 march  2021
14:14  26 march  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Piers Morgan doubled down after quitting Good Morning Britain by tweeting that he still doesn't believe any of Meghan' s incendiary claims to Oprah in a defiant message sent as the show began without him with Strictly star Ranvir Singh in his chair.

Morgan got up from his seat at the GMB desk and began to walk out saying: "Okay, I'm done with this." Beresford then told Susanna Reid and viewers : "This is absolutely diabolical behaviour. Piers spouts off on a regular basis." After going to an ad break Morgan returned to the studio. Read more: Piers Morgan slammed over Royal Family racism claims. But many have pointed out that Beresford actually called him diabolical after he had left. Beresford grew up in Bristol and began his career on ITV West. He has appeared as a weather presenter on GMB since the show launched and began appearing as

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Good Morning Britain fans turned on Alex Beresford this morning as he stepped into the presenter's chair, just weeks after his on-air row with Piers Morgan, which ended with the host quitting the show.

Beresford, 40, has been best known on the show for presenting the weather, but joined Kate Garraway front and centre on today's broadcast - a move which caused a stir with many viewers on social media.

The departure of controversial host Morgan, 55, has seen many vote with their feet, as viewing figures for ITV's flagship breakfast programme have continued to slide since he stormed off at the start of the month.

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Some viewers are calling for the weather presenter to take over as host of the show after he confronted Piers Morgan over his Watch: Piers Morgan storm out of the GMB studio after challenge from Alex Beresford . Morgan stormed off the set after Beresford said to him : " Beresford said: "I understand that you've got a Susanna Reid addresses Piers Morgan ’ s exit for first time live on GMB .

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Latest figures showed GMB drew in just 840,000 viewers on Thursday - a huge drop since its record-breaking morning of figures on Morgan's last day, when some 1.29 million tuned in, meaning nearly half a million people have deserted the show.

By contrast, BBC Breakfast attracted 1.53 million viewers on Thursday morning.

Thursday's figures for ITV are generally consistent with what has been seen in the weeks since Morgan's departure, although ratings did increase earlier this week to 1.1 million for Ben Shephard's appearance alongside Susanna Reid on Tuesday, before dropping by 100,000 the following day.

Viewing figures are not yet available for Friday morning's programme.

While sources told MailOnline Beresford standing in as presenter was not unusual, today's show drew a fierce reaction online, with many viewers unhappy to see him in the hotseat so soon after the row which went viral.

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One, called 'Bring Back Piers Morgan !', accused the channel of treating him 'appallingly' and another - titled 'Keep Piers Morgan on GMB for his common sense approach to life' - had more than 95,000 signatures. Meghan wrote to ITV' s boss to complain about Mr Morgan hours before the GMB co-host quit following an on-screen row with weatherman Alex Beresford . The Duchess of Sussex insists she was not upset that Mr Morgan said he 'didn't believe a word she said' in her Oprah interview - but was worried about how his comments could affect people attempting to deal with their own mental health

Piers Morgan , who prompted a backlash and an investigation from the United Kingdom' s media regulator over his comments about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will depart "Good Morning Britain," ITV abruptly announced Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Morgan walked off the "Good Morning Britain" set after he was skewered by a co-host for his criticism of Prince Harry and Meghan following their blockbuster interview with Oprah Winfrey. During the interview with Oprah, Meghan said she "didn't want to be alive anymore" and had contemplated suicide while pregnant with her son Archie.

One wrote: 'Please no, not Alex. The weatherman in place of Piers is such an insult.'

A second said: 'Feel @GMB are being totally disrespectful to @piersmorgan - seriously the weatherman trying to present and with a hula hoop.'

Another ranted: 'Just switched on to see Alex Beresford in Piers Morgan's seat? I wonder how long he has wanted that?? Since when does a weatherman have the right credentials to be a respected newsreader! I can only assume it's to appease the Meghan supporters. Shameful after his behaviour!'

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A number of campaigns were set up in the wake of Piers' shock exit from GMB, and all have garnered hundreds of thousands of signatures - and counting. To date, the petitions have surpassed some 360,000 signatures.

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PIERS Morgan ' s Good Morning Britain dressing has been boxed up after he quit as he joked he 'll leave the cardboard cut-out of Susanna Reid. His wife has him doing chores around the houseCredit: celia.walden/instagram. However, bookies admitted last week that the running to bag the show's top job was extremely close. A spokesperson for bookies Ladbrokes said: "Adil Ray is leading the way in the race to replace Piers on GMB , although no less than five names are priced at 4/1 or shorter as things stand."

Trending Alex admitted he “never imagined" he 'd be single as he approached 40 years old and was quizzed on if he is looking for love by newsreader Kylie Pentelow. He added: "But we've been in lockdown, so even if I wanted to go on a date, I couldn't go on a date. READ MORE Alex Beresford feeling 'powerless' as relative dies of coronavirus READ MORE Naga Munchetty' s husband had ‘meltdown’ and accused her of 'lying' "I don't want to grow old on my own, life is for sharing and it'd be great to meet someone in the future but they have to be right for me, right for Cruz."


A fourth wrote: 'What on earth is that jumped up weatherman who is the reason the show lost its biggest asset doing presenting the show?'

Another added: 'So... Alex Beresford is now a presenter from his position of a weatherman Will you also be giving Laura a chance to present? And the cameramen - will they be given a shot at it too? Think you are struggling without Piers...'

Others were pleased to see Beresford make an appearance, however, with one writing: 'Fantastic, well done ITV giving someone else a chance to do an excellent job. Good one Alex, nice to see you in the morning, such a pleasure to watch.'

Another added: 'Middle aged white folks in meltdown over Alex Beresford on GMB literally just doing the job he's paid to do and doing it well.'

Morgan left the show after he cast doubts on remarks the Duchess of Sussex made during her interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which she talked of suicidal thoughts.

The host clashed with Beresford and stormed out of the studio after being challenged over his position, before announcing he was quitting the show for good just hours later.

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He has resolutely stood by his comments and said his departure from GMB was caused by the 'cancel culture that is permeating our country'.

Hundreds of thousands of fans have called for Morgan to come back to the show, with at least five web pages set up calling on ITV to reinstate the presenter.

Morgan responded to the soaring petitions - which have hit some 360,000 signatures - on Twitter, writing that although the support came as a 'pleasant surprise' he will not be returning to GMB.

On his last day, the programme scored its highest ever ratings, with some 1.29million viewers.

It was the first time the ITV broadcast had beaten its long-time rival BBC Breakfast, which had 1.25million.

Since then, however, viewing figures have plummeted, with just 840,000 tuning in last Thursday, compared to 1.49million on the rival channel, with similar figures reported yesterday.

Morgan this week cleared out his office at GMB as he said a final goodbye to the programme after five years.

The breakfast host shared an image of cardboard boxes alongside a life size cut-out of Susanna Reid, writing on Twitter: 'Goodbye, Good Morning Britain! (I think I'll leave the cardboard cut-out, would be a bit creepy to take that home...'

His co-host Reid replied: 'End of an era. Thank you for five incredible years of rows, rants & reasons to eye-roll.'

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