Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid, had a familiar face by her side on Monday morning, as Bill Turnbull returned to our breakfast TV screens this week. Hosting alongside his former BBC Breakfast co-host, fans were delighted that the two were reunited two years after his cancer diagnosis.
Despite battling prostate cancer, Bill was “buzzing” to be back on live breakfast TV, saying he feels good “80 percent of the time.”
The pair parted ways back in 2014 after 13 years hosting at BBC together.
And, as viewers tuned in to watch the two embrace after six years, it left some wondering whether he would be Piers Morgan’s next replacement.
The outspoken TV presenter, who’s regular spot is next to Susanna on the GMB panel, recently hinted that he was going to leave the breakfast show after his two year contract is up.
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Last month, the 54-year-old told viewers they would continue waking up to the current Good Morning Britain presenting team until at least January 2021, but after that big changes could be coming, hinting at his departure.
He told his co-anchor: “That’s it, two more years, then I’ll sail off into the sunset. You’ve got me for one last swan song.”
Piers added later on in the show: “And I guarantee then I’ll be out.”
Ratings have soared since Piers joined Susanna at the breakfast desk, and she confessed she would miss her colleague if he really decides to move on, calling the loss a “shame.”
But there could be a new name in the mix already, and he’s sat in Piers’ chair.
Following Monday’s successful show, various bookies around the UK have released their latest odds on Bill joining Susanna for good, but this time at rival broadcaster ITV.
Fans have since called for the TV favourite to replace Piers permanently, and bookmakers Paddy Power make it 8/1 for him to do so.
They’ve also suggested that odds of 2/1 that he is given a role on GMB, even if he doesn’t replace Piers as a main host and that the odds of Bill and Piers presenting a GMB episode together are short-priced at evens.
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Fans took to social media to share their excitement that Bill was back presenting brekkie TV again after he left BBC Breakfast in 2016.
One wrote on Twitter: “From a fellow Prostate Cancer suffer Bill is a true inspiration so good to see him back on TV and with his partner in crime really enjoying this morning pity I have go to work Bill please keep getting better.”
Another added: “Fantastic to see Bill again, looking so well. Pleasure to watch GMB again, well at least till Piers Morgan returns.”
A third commented: “Such a lovely atmosphere on GMB this morning. @susannareid100 body language so much more relaxed than usual. Bill Turnbull, long may he reign!”
“What a treat to switch on GMB and see the lovely Bill Turnbull back on our screens for a few days susanareid100 it’s so good to see the great team back again,” a fourth cheered.
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Speaking to The Mirror about standing in for Piers, Bill said: “I’m thrilled to be working with Susanna again and really looking forward to being on Good Morning Britain.
“We didn’t work together long enough and we got on so well. I was sad when she left at short notice.
“So for her to ask me to sit alongside her is very exciting,” he added, before saying: “I’m in two minds about the early mornings.
“On one hand, it’s great to be back doing live television. The other part of me thinks: ‘What on earth am I doing? Having sworn never to do breakfast television again!”
But the question on everybody’s lips is: will he be back for good?
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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