Rachel Riley ‘wants Piers Morgan’s job’ and 'celebrated' after GMB host quit
RACHEL Riley has said she “would love Piers Morgan’s job” after he sensationally quit Good Morning Britain.
Piers, 55, quit the show on Tuesday after Meghan Markle complained to ITV to raise concerns his words might affect those struggling with mental health.
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Shortly after the news broke, Countdown star Rachel was overheard discussing his exit.
A source said: “Rachel was in great spirits when she left filming yesterday and was heard saying she would be going home to celebrate the news Piers had left.
"It seems, like many people, she disagreed with his Meghan Markle comments.
“She also said she would love to do his job. She said there was no doubt about it!”
It is unclear yet who will replace the outspoken presenter but Ranvir Singh stepped into his shoes last minute yesterday.
Lorraine has however hinted that Ben Shephard could take the reigns full time, saying: "I feel Ben Shephard is already having his cocoa and putting his jammies on…"
Rachel, 35, is not known to have publicly fallen out with Piers but the pair have perhaps clashed over a difference of opinions in the past.
Piers stepped down from GMB last night after senior execs wanted him to say sorry on air following contact from the Duchess.
But Piers refused – and quit instead following his heated clash with the show’s weatherman Alex Beresford.
Meghan raised concerns with ITV's CEO after Piers said he didn't believe she had suffered suicidal thoughts. The Duchess is said to have been worried it would affect others struggling with similar issues.
The presenter, 55, made a series of dismissive comments about Meghan's claims she was "suicidal" and suffered issues with her mental health while a royal.
The 39-year-old Duchess told Oprah Winfrey she felt like she "didn't want to be alive anymore" in her bombshell interview on Sunday.
But on Monday's Good Morning Britain, Morgan said he "didn't believe a word" of it.
He then rowed with Alex and stormed off the set – before handing in his notice to bosses hours later.
Rachel's rep declined to comment when contacted by The Sun Online.
YOU’RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
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