Good Morning Britain welcomed back presenter Richard Bacon on Wednesday morning as he anchors the ITV show alongside co-presenter Charlotte Hawkins
The broadcaster made his long-awaited return as a guest presenter on the ITV breakfast show on Wednesday alongside co-anchor Charlotte Hawkins.
As Richard welcomed viewers to the programme, Charlotte added: “Welcome to you!”
Richard thanked her and Charlotte added: “Great to have you here, welcome back!”
He then said: “ Richard Arnold just said welcome home out in the corridor. I was quite touched. It was quite sweet.
“It’s great to be here. The voiceover at the beginning where it says ‘Live from Television Centre’.”
Charlotte noted: “The excitement building…”
Richard responded: “It does but it feels big, doesn’t it?”
The producers then played the intro speech to the show again and Richard added: “Feels a little less big the second time.”
Richard then explained what returning to Good Morning Britain has meant to him as his life has undergone some major changes.
He went on to say: “For me, I haven’t done this for a couple of years and I live in America now where I have a slightly silly job basically inventing gameshows and producing game shows, which is a strange thing to do in the world.
“But to actually come back and do this, my first love is news and current affairs and to actually come back and talk about things that matter.”
Charlotte noted that his return had coincided with “quite a week”, referring to the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan as the Taliban have taken control of the country once more following the withdrawal of Western coalition forces.
Richard added: “With so much going on in the world and stuff that is heartbreaking and in some ways sort of suffocating to witness.”
Charlotte recognised some changes since Richard’s last appearance on the show, with Covid-19 regulations meaning that distancing was in place in the studio.
In response, Richard asked: “Do we shout at our guests? Because Kevin is technically quite a long way from me now.”
Kevin Maguire, Associate Editor of The Daily Mirror, added with a laugh: “You could use hand gestures.”
“Thankfully I can lipread,” commented Richard, “so I think I’ll be okay.”
Naturally, viewers of Good Morning Britain were quick to welcome the presenter back to the show after years away.
One person penned on Twitter : “Welcome back Richard lovely to see you again.”
A different viewer added: “So brilliant he is so good on this show please can he be full time good to see him back”.
Meanwhile, another GMB viewer wrote: “Yay love Richard Bacon. Can we have him full time please?”
Elsewhere, a different social media user penned: “Big improvement on the usual stand-ins.”
Finally, one Good Morning Britain viewer concluded: “Thank God! Love
@richardpbacon. Please make him permanent.”
*Good Morning Britain airs on weekday mornings from 6am to 9am on ITV with past episodes on ITV Hub.
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