Susanna Reid will reportedly be turned into Good Morning Britain’s “solo star” after Piers Morgan quit the show earlier this month.
It’s been said that ITV bosses are keen to keep the 50 year old happy in her role as they don’t want her to leave like her former co-presenter Piers, who recently confirmed he quit after refusing to apologise over his comments on the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle.
In light of this, they’ve reportedly offered their “full backing” for her to take control of the breakfast programme, with assurances that she will have more “editorial say” as well.
However, GMB executives are said not be ruling out bringing a “big name” to take over from 55 year old Piers, who stayed at the helm of the show for six years.
It’s been said bosses are also keen to promote Andi Peters, 50, while continuing to rotate staff to sit next to Susanna.
“Piers’ sudden departure has, of course, put a rocket up everyone,” a source told The Sun Online.
“But what ITV needs now, more than ever, are calm heads and someone to steady the ship.”
Speaking on Susanna, whose pal Piers recently said she called him to apologise for her “frosty” statement about him after he left the show, they continued: “Susanna has proven herself a consummate broadcaster for the past ten years – and clearly has the star factor.
“She is smart, feisty and opinionated. She may have been Piers’ foil for the past five years, but she’s so much more than this – and now it’s very much a case of The Susanna Show.
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“ITV have offered her their full backing, and she will have even more editorial say going forwards.”
The source went on to speak about Alex Beresford, 40, as they claimed he wants to take on a presenter role.
“Alex hasn’t formally applied for Piers’ job, but has made it quietly known he’s more than happy, and able, to step up as a presenter if and when he’s needed,” they said.
Speaking on competitions man Andi, they added: “Behind the scenes, Andi is very popular, and polls well with viewers despite, arguably, having the unenviable task of making competitions sound interesting.
“He will be given more opportunities to step up too.”