Piers Morgan secretly quit Good Morning Britain last summer before renegotiating new deal
Piers Morgan has revealed he quit Good Morning Britain last summer, forcing ITV bosses to come up with a new arrangement.
The presenter handed in his notice last summer when the early morning starts began to take their toll.
He told the Radio Times: “I actually quit in the summer. I said, ‘I’m out,’ because I couldn’t do it any more.
“Then we came to a new arrangement, which is great. I feel completely different.”
After renegotiating with producers, it was agreed that Piers could instead arrive just minutes before airtime at 6am.
Previously, the journalist had been expected to turn up to the studio by 4am. Piers claims he now gets out of bed at 4:55am, which is “much more bearable”.
However, his co-host Susanna Reid hasn’t been quite so lucky, and still does not receive the luxury of a lie in due to the amount of time she has to spend in hair and makeup.
“The only reason, really, I had to go in so early was because the female stars all have to,” he continued. “It takes them longer [to get ready] because they get more attention and pressure on how they look, how their hair is and everything else.
“I’m lucky. Five minutes of slap and on I go. I said, ‘Does anyone really care if I come in at 5.30 and we just have a catch-up on the phone?’ Which is what we now do.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.