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Richard Madeley has teased his future on Good Morning Britain after rumours he could replace Piers Morgan permanently.
The TV host was grilled by Lorraine Kelly after becoming the latest star to fill in for Morgan, who walked off the show in March and never returned amid a row about Meghan Markle.
Since then, Madeley has become a firm favourite to take over the position permanently.
When asked by Lorraine if he would take over, Madeley kept quiet on an official answer – but couldn’t resist a cheeky swipe at Morgan as he did so.
"I used to sit in for Piers around about when I started around about in 2017, so about four years ago," he said, explaining he would fill in when Piers travelled to the States for work.
"I was meant to be filling in for him quite a lot last year and all that went west because of the virus and he didn’t go anywhere,” Madeley added, before stopping himself and adding: "Well, in the end…"
The comment got a laugh from Lorraine Kelly, who realised he was making a dig at Morgan’s now infamous walkout.
After the giggle, Madeley then clarified he was willing to take over the position, but nothing had been set in stone just yet.
"I get on really well with the other presenters like Susanna, Ranvir and Charlotte. I love working with them," he said.
"To me, it's a tonic, it's great to be back in a suit and tie and working again."
“That's not on the agenda,” he asserted of a long-term future.
“I’m basically doing what I’ve done before which is to fill in."
Madeley is the latest in a growing line of stars who have stepped in to replace Morgan over the past three months.
Previous stars have included Bill Turnbull, Adil Ray and Ben Shephard.
Morgan walked off the show on March 9th after a row with weatherman Alex Beresford about his continued discussions around Meghan Markle.
Stating he “didn’t believe a word” the Duchess said, Morgan criticised Meghan for her chat with Oprah Winfrey and her claims she “felt suicidal” in the monarchy.
The comments caused thousands of Ofcom complaints, and eventually ITV stepped in – with Meghan’s team reportedly contacting the channel directly.
When he refused to take back the comment, Morgan announced he would no longer return to GMB.
Lorraine airs weekdays from 9am on ITV.
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