RICHARD Madeley is being tipped to replace Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain.
The ex-This Morning host, 64, will join for June with the option of extending the deal if the “trial” goes well, a source said.
Richard has previously stood in for Piers, who quit last month after refusing to apologise for comments he made about Meghan Markle.
He polls well with viewers and has revealed he would be interested in the job if it is offered.
An ITV insider said: “Piers is nigh-on impossible to replace and GMB execs accept this, but Richard has his own inimitable style.
“Like Piers, he’s a trained journalist who knows how to press guests and get a decent ‘line’ from interviewees.
“He shoots from the hip, says what he thinks, and is a genuinely brilliant, likeable chap off air — so it’s very much a 'watch this space'.”
Richard said he would be “bonkers’ not to consider any job offer from GMB chiefs who have seen viewing figures tank since Piers left. But he added: “I very much like sitting in for people. I have all the fun and very little of the responsibility or flak.”
Richard, who is married to his former co-host Judy Finnigan, did raise eyebrows on GMB in 2018 by cutting off then-defence secretary Gavin Williamson for “failing to answer a straight question”.
The clip was the TV journalistic moment of the year at the Edinburgh Festival.
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