Ben Shephard announces break from Good Morning Britain ‘That’s it for me’

GMB: Ben Shephard says he's going on break for Christmas

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On Friday’s Good Morning Britain, hosts Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins were back to present the ITV show. The duo spoke with a number of guests throughout the programme including comedian Alan Carr and MP Oliver Dowden. However, as the show came to a close, Ben told viewers that he would be absent next week and for the rest of the year.

Ben and Charlotte were speaking to Alan via video link when the host made the announcement.

“We will look to the Royal Variety and your game show marathon,” Ben told the comedian.

“Have a fabulous Christmas,” Ben continued as Alan said: “Merry Christmas everyone.”

“Merry Christmas,” Charlotte chipped in. “We look forward to seeing you on our screens.”

She continued: “So, that is all from us, Good Morning Britain is back from 6am.”

“You’re off now, aren’t you?” the host said to Ben.

“That’s it now for me for Christmas. I’ll see you on the other side of New Year.”

“I’ll be back from Monday,” Charlotte concluded.

Ben’s break comes after Susanna Reid was replaced by Ranvir Singh on Monday’s show.

The regular presenter was absent from GMB as she usually takes two weeks off for Christmas.

Instead, Ranvir was joined by Adil Ray, who stepped in to co-host the show.

Before Ben’s announcement, he and Charlotte spoke with Alan about hosting the Royal Variety Performance.

The comedian admitted he was “stressed” when performing for the Royal Family.

“Prince William and Kate were loving it,” Charlotte began. “They were clapping along but did you feel the pressure?”

Alan replied: “Of course and my mum and dad were there. It was so stressful and everything.

“I am so glad it went well, and the thing is I was so glad to see them laughing as you don’t look up at the royal box when you’re performing.”


“When I first ever appeared on the Royal Variety in 2005, there was footage of the Queen laughing at my Tesco Clubcard joke.

“How does she know about Tesco Clubcard?”

“Did you speak to the royals afterwards?” Ben chipped in.

“Yes, I met them afterwards,” Alan explained. “They were so lovely.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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