Alastair Campbell has made his Good Morning Britain debut, dividing viewers in the process.
It was announced last month that the journalist would be joining the ITV show as a guest host alongside Susanna Reid, presenting on weekdays throughout Mental Health Awareness Week.
Kicking off Monday’s show, Alastair wasted no time in revealing to viewers he accidentally broke social distancing rules by hugging some friends.
He also staked an interest in interviewing Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has boycotted the programme for almost four years.
‘I’d do it fairly and respectfully,’ he said. ‘He’s the Prime Minister.
‘I do sometimes think his media operation is to go out every day, hard hat, yellow jacket, give a clip to the telly, get it to the news. We don’t really see him under scrutiny that much.’
Many viewers were loving Alastair’s appearance and called for bosses to keep him on as a permanent fixture.
‘Can you please keep Alastair Campbell as a permanent anchor….think he would be a terrific replacement for Piers,’ wrote one.
Echoing a similar sentiment, another added: ‘Rather enjoying Alastair Campbell on Good Morning Britain!’
However, others weren’t sold on the presenter and voiced their opinions on social media.
@GMB At last! A presenter who has credibility. Well done Alastair Campbell .
@GMB love Alastair Campbell as presenter, he works well with Susanna. Adil also good, not the other one though.
Alastair Campbell on @GMB what a disaster. @PiersMorganLive must be pissing himself.
Rather enjoying Alastair Campbell on Good Morning Britain! #GMB
Alastair campbell has well an truly killed off good morning britain, jesus #goodmorningbritain #GMB
@GMB Can you please keep Alastair Campbell as a permanent anchor….think he would be a terrific replacement for Piers
‘Alastair Campbell has well an truly killed off Good Morning Britain, Jesus,’ scorned one.
Alastair’s takeover on Good Morning Britain comes after Adil Ray, who appeared as host through April following Piers Morgan’s exit from the show.
Piers has not yet been replaced on the ITV programme, although there has been speculation that Richard Madeley has been eyed for the job.
ITV boss Kevin Lygo previously explained that the GMB presenters on hand will continue to take turns presenting in Piers’ absence.
‘We’ll mix and match until we feel what the right thing is to do,’ he told Deadline. ‘There isn’t a single person [who can replace him].’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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