Richard Madeley returned to GMB today and viewers remained completely divided on social media.
The 65-year-old television legend hosted the show with Charlotte Hawkins this morning (Thursday, June 3).
He said he had not been on the show “since last March” and appeared to reveal he had to replace Piers Morgan before the pandemic struck.
Richard suggested that Piers had to leave for two months (Credit: ITV)
What did Richard Madeley say on GMB this morning?
His co-host Charlotte Hawkins welcomed Richard to the show and said it was nice to be back.
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Richard said: “I think it’s been since last March. I had to come back in April and May because Piers was supposed to go to America.
“So I would have been sitting by your side quite often, but it all went west and here I am.”
Some viewers died today (Photo credit: ITV)
How did viewers react?
Viewers had a mixed response to Richard’s return to the show, with some people even going extinct.
One person said on Twitter: “I see they are still trying to push us Richard M, I turned off right away it’s not my cup of tea at that time.”
Another wrote: “@gmb Please, please don’t make Richard Madeley a permanent presenter! I had to turn it off.
A third said: “Well, I’m the one that’s turned off, I can’t stand that Richard Madeley.”
Meanwhile, with his often random outbursts, some have even said he has completely transformed into Steve Coogan’s fictional TV host Alan Partridge.
After offering an odd take during a discussion of Covid’s travel restrictions, viewers took to Twitter.
Many liked Richard and Charlotte (Photo credit: ITV)
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One said: “Richard Madeley looks more like Alan Partridge every time he is on TV. “
However, others loved having Richard and Charlotte on the show.
One of them tweeted: “GMB currently visible today with @ richardm56 and @CharlotteHawkns! Very professional!”
Another added: “Finally a presenter who does not shout! First time this week I have not turned off. Well done @GMB Giving us @ richardm56 and not a headache to start our mornings!
One of them commented: “@ richardm56 I love you [on] @GMB I would like you to be a permanent member of the team.
Could Piers be back on GMB soon? (Credit: ITV)
What’s new on Piers?
Just last month, Piers claimed he was approached by a member of the GMB team to make a sensational return to the show.
He told The Sun, “I brought out some pretty random third-party probes to see if I would consider a return to the series.
“As the Americans say, they have reached out – there have been approaches to testing the water as a result of their obvious scoring problems.”
Richard recently said he had yet to receive a call from GMB for Piers’ work.
However, he said: “I don’t know if I will be asked to take over.
“The bookies put me first and there have been opinion polls where I have done quite well, but there is a huge difference between that and having it happen.”
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