Battle for Piers Morgan's Good Morning Britain job hots up as Adil Ray named as favourite

THE race to replace Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain is closer then ever according to bookies.

Ben Shephard, who was previously the runaway favourite to take over from the 55-year-old host, is no longer in the lead.

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Adil Ray is now favourite to take over from Piers, who quit last week after refusing to apologise for "disbeliving Meghan Markle".

The Lingo host and Citizen Khan star, 46, now heads the betting at odds of 2-1.

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."

Ben, 46, is now in second spot at 5/2 with Ranvir Singh, 43, third favourite to bag the coveted job at 7/2.

A surprise scramble to replace Piers on the show alongside Susanna Reid was sparked last week when he dramatically quit the show.

The star, who could now make an estimated £10million by signing for a rival news network, walked out on Tuesday night.

It came after 41,000 Ofcom complaints were received over his comments about Meghan Markle and a furious on-air row with GMB co-star Alex Beresford.

The 40-year-old had accused Piers of "trashing" Meghan after he said he didn't believe the she had suffered suicidal thoughts while a royal.

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