Piers Morgan is temporarily stepping back from presenting ITV’s Good Morning Britain after developing “mild” COVID-19 symptoms.
The host tweeted late Sunday night made clear he is taking a leave of absence from the show “on medical advice, and out of an abundance of caution”. He went on to say he took a COVID-19 test and should get the result back on Monday.
Ben Shephard will fill in for Mr. Morgan alongside Susanna Reid on Monday morning. The news comes after the outspoken journalist made headlines for his criticism with the UK government and US President Donald Trump over their handlings of the pandemic.
UPDATE: On medical advice, and out of an abundance of caution for a mild symptom that arose in past 48hrs, I’ve had a test for COVID-19 and so won’t be working on @GMB until I get the result back, which should be tomorrow.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 3, 2020
Mr. Morgan’s remarks led to over 4,000 complaints about his questioning. Last week, he was cleared of breaching Ofcom’s rules.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6 am.