Richard Madeley ‘to become permanent GMB host’ after ratings surge

The morning TV veteran is ‘set to become a permanent host on Good Morning Britain’ after ratings on the show surged during his time as guest presenter.

While Piers Morgan took time off to focus on his Life Stories series in America, Richard filled the seat alongside Susanna Reid, Charlotte Hawkins , Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard.

Richard’s interview with Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson went viral after he cut the minister off for failing to give a straight answer, "terminating" the interview after a short amount of time.

Richard Madeley terminates interview with Tory defence minister Gavin Williamson for "refusing to answer the question"

A studio source told The Sun : "Richard polls really well with viewers, and also garners a big social media response whenever he’s on.

"Both ITV and Richard are keen for him to become a regular member of the GMB family.

"He’ll be Piers’s regular stand-in during his fairly regular holidays, and do one day every couple of weeks.

"Viewers love how renegade Richard is."

The tabloid also reported that Richard had a lunch meeting with GMB boss Neil Thompson and Head of ITV Daytime Emma Gormley to agree terms.

But sources at ITV told MirrorOnline that while GMB love having Richard on to fill for Piers or Ben, there are no current plans for him to have a regular slot.

Richard found fame in his Richard and Judy show with with wife Judy in the 90s, while they were also the original hosts of This Morning, and he worked alongside Matthew Wright on The Wright Stuff for five years.

He guest-hosted the show while Matthew entered the I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here jungle and has since made guest appearances on various shows over the years.

Good Morning Britain also had it’s first ever evening edition, Good Evening Britain, reflecting on England’s World Cup loss to Belgium, hosted by controversial host Piers and the long-suffering Susanna.

MirrorOnline has contacted a representative for Richard Madeley for further comment.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.

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