ALASTAIR Campbell is the latest person to join Good Morning Britain – but insists he's not the new Piers Morgan.
The ex-Labour spin doctor will be presenting alongside Susanna Reid as a guest host from Monday 10th to Wednesday 12th May.
His stint falls during Mental Health Awareness week, which is important to Tony Blair's former right hand man following his own mental health battles – including a struggle with depression, which he wrote a book about last year.
Alastair paid a visit to the set today ahead of hosting the show and told fans: "So weird to be wearing suit and tie. Been in at @GMB checking the presenter chair and seeing if I can cope with the tech!”
"In addition to usual news, views and interviews hoping to draw attention to MH Issues which GMB have long championed. But also keen to get stuck in on all the big political stories post May 6 elections. No piano! Wish I'd been on this a.m! #johnlewisnightmare #Nolan #wallpaper ."
Alastair admitted he was very flattered to be asked to step into Piers’s shoes, but he was dreading the early morning wake ups.
He told the Mirror: "I am flattered to be asked and delighted that my stint will coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week as Good Morning Britain has always championed good mental health.
"I am also looking forward to getting stuck into the big political and social issues at such an important and difficult time for the country, as well as brushing up my knowledge on some of the subjects that will take me out of my comfort zone.
"In addition, there is an element of finishing unfinished business here… back in the mid 90s I was a regular presenter of the paper reviews on BBC Breakfast and during the week the former Labour Leader John Smith died, I was in discussions with the programme about becoming a presenter. John's sad death led to me working for Tony Blair and my life and career took a very different course…
"I must admit I am slightly dreading – make that totally dreading – getting out of bed in the middle of the night to get ready to present the show. But I am really looking forward to it."
Susanna has been working with a series of different presenters on the show after Piers Morgan abruptly quit earlier this year after refusing to apologise for comments he made about Meghan Markle .
They have included Ben Shephard and Adil Ray.
The Sun recently revealed that Richard Madeley is a front runner to take over full time and will join for June with the option of extending the deal if the "trial" goes well, a source said.
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An ITV insider said: " Piers is nigh-on impossible to replace and GMB execs accept this, but Richard has his own inimitable style.
"Like Piers, he's a trained journalist who knows how to press guests and get a decent 'line' from interviewees.
"He shoots from the hip, says what he thinks, and is a genuinely brilliant, likeable chap off air — so it's very much a ‘watch this space’."
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