GMB’s Charlotte Hawkins to replace Piers Morgan as he leaves for ‘long time’

Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan is about to leave the news desk for a few weeks, heading stateside.

Charlotte Hawkins will be filling his boots while he's away, taking over the morning news next to Susanna Reid.

The 54-year-old broke the news this morning, as Richard Arnold asked about his upcoming trip.

Susanna remarked: "He's off for a long time!"

Piers and Susanna are travelling to LA to cover next week's Oscars ceremony, which airs next Monday evening.

After the ceremony, Piers said: "I've got a little bit of palm tree time."

Before adding: "And I'm off to Texas to interview very dangerous people."

Letting viewers know they wouldn't be without a presenter, he explained: "Ratings booster Charlotte will be in the seat.

"No need to miss me."

Susanna joked about his departure, insisting she was happy to see him go, saying: "Take your time!"

No doubt, Ben Shephard and I'm A Celeb star Kate Garraway will also take on more shifts on the show in Piers' place.

Ranvir Singh, Adil Ray and Richard Madeley often make a guest appearance on the panel too during holiday periods.

Over on Twitter, viewers were divided over Piers' upcoming departure – while some were sorry to see him go, others thought it was unfair to take so much holiday time off the screen.

One said: "To be fair I don’t watch GMB very often when Piers isn’t on! How long is he away for?"

A second added: "I can't believe Piers is off on his jollies again."

And a third remarked: "What? Piers off our screens for a while in the mornings. February is gonna be a long month."

Good Morning Britain airs on weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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