‘Thank god Morgan’s not here!’ Clive Myrie dishes savage dig at Piers over GMB replacement

Clive Myrie says 'thank god Morgan's not here' during GMB appearance

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With a new series of Mastermind beginning on BBC Two this evening, new host Clive Myrie joined Good Morning Britain’s Ranvir Singh and Richard Bacon to discuss what fans could expect. Clive steps into the role as presenter of the BBC series after taking over from long-serving host John Humphrys and will be on hand to provide the questions to budding quizzers. But when discussing the role of gameshow hosting with Richard, who has his own projects in the pipeline, Clive spotted the chance to joke about his GMB predecessor, Piers Morgan.

Kicking off the discussion, Clive opened up to Ranvir and Richard about how terrifying he found the experience of hosting Mastermind for the first time.

He told the GMB pair: “The thing about this studio [GMB], it’s big, it’s airy, it’s light, it’s bright. It’s like being in the fresh air, it’s wonderful.

“You walk into the Mastermind studio and it is dark, it is black,” Clive added.

Clive continued: “You’ve got the four contestants on that side and you walk in, I sit down and I’m like, ‘I’m presenting Mastermind, I don’t believe this, it’s absolutely bizarre’.”

The new Mastermind host went on: “Then the music comes on and it’s like, ‘Boom!’ And you’re like, ‘Ahhh!’

“I genuinely was shaking for the first one,” Clive admitted before a surprised Ranvir weighed in: “Were you? And you’ve been all over the world reporting on so many things.”

“I’ve been dodging bullets from Saddam Hussain’s army,” Clive replied. “But that was scary sitting in that studio.”

Relating to his experience, Richard then chipped in to discuss his upcoming game show coming to Channel 4 later this year. 

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Richard was keen to plug his new show, I Literally Just Told You, and mentioned to Clive: “Thank you for allowing me to plug my forthcoming game show, Channel 4, Friday nights from October. Jimmy Carr hosts it.”

The GMB producers then dropped a clanging sound effect into the studio to tease the host as he let out a laugh.

Clive then had his interest piqued as he turned the tables and began interviewing Richard instead, asking: “You came up with that, did you? And you came up with that in the States?”

“That one I came up with in the States, yeah,” Richard added before Clive jumped back in: “Wow, what an amazing job, how do you describe that job?”

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“He’s interviewing you now,” Ranvir laughed as Richard joked he was “very happy to be interviewed”.

But before moving on, Clive took aim at former host Piers, joking he’d never have been able to conduct a similar chat with the Life Stories presenter.

“Thank god Morgan’s not here,” he added. “I wouldn’t be able to ask him this sort of thing.”

Ranvir let out a laugh at the swipe at her former co-host before the trio moved on.

Clive’s appearance on GMB and upcoming stint on Mastermind went down a storm with many viewers who were quick to react to his interview.

“@GMB can we have Clive on as a host. Could have listened to the guy talk for hours. @CliveMyrieBBC,” one fan said on Twitter.

A second added: “How could anybody not like Clive Myrie? What a terrific bloke!”

While a third echoed: “Your perfect for the job Clive, l have seen the incredible work you have already done. X.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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