Richard Bacon has said that he is ‘touched’ to be welcomed back to hosting Good Morning Britain as fans calls for him to be given a permanent job on the show.
The guest presenter, 45, fronted Wednesday’s show alongside Charlotte Hawkins, 46, two years after he previously stood in for Piers Morgan who sensationally quit the show earlier this year.
As the pair came on air Charlotte said: ‘Welcome to you!’ before adding: ‘Great to have you here, welcome back.’
Happy: Richard Bacon has said that he is ‘touched’ to be welcomed back to hosting Good Morning Britain as fans calls for him to be given a permanent job on the show
The former Blue Peter star replied: ‘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 said: ‘The excitement building…’ as Richard added: ‘It does but it feels big, doesn’t it.’
The star then went on to explain how his life has changed since he last hosted the show.
Stand in: The guest presenter, 45, fronted Wednesday’s show alongside Charlotte Hawkins, 46, two years after he previously stood in for Piers Morgan who sensationally quit the show earlier this year (pictured on GMB in 2019)
He said: ‘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 game-shows 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.’
Richard will host the morning show with Charlotte Wednesday, Kate Garraway on Thursday and Friday, and Ranvir Singh on Monday, August 23.
Irreplaceable: Since Piers left the show amid a row concerning Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview, which aired in March, a rotation of co-hosts have joined Susanna Reid (pictured on GMB in 2020)
‘I can’t wait to see the team again and am very much looking forward to my time on the show with Kate, Ranvir and Charlotte.’
Richard has plenty of experience of presenting morning television, having hosted Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast from 1999 to 2002.
Since Piers left the show amid a row concerning Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview, which aired in March, a rotation of co-hosts have joined remaining anchor Susanna.
He will join a long list of hosts to stand in for Piers since his exit in March, including Ben Shephard, Bill Turnbull, Richard Madeley and Alastair Campbell.
The likes of Bill Turnbull – formally Susanna’s BBC Breakfast co-star – as well as Alastair Campbell, Richard Madeley and Adil Ray have also been stepping into the role, yet no long-term replacement has been assigned yet.
An insider told The Mirror: ‘ITV are using these guest presenter slots to decide what works and what doesn’t. Bacon is an exciting prospect.’
Richard’s return to British TV comes three years after he was placed in a medically-induced coma for 11 days, after being rushed to hospital with pneumonia.
He spent 11 nights in a medically-induced coma while battling the potentially fatal disease pneumonia in 2018, revealing that his body went blue at one stage and doctors expected him to die.
Back at it: The former Blue Peter presenter will host four episodes of the programme (pictured on GMB with Susanna Reid in 2019)
The presenter said that coming out of the coma was the worst day of his life because it took 14 hours and he kept hallucinating.
While presenting GMB in 2019, Bacon revealed how doctors gave him four minutes to inform family members and get his affairs in order before they would place him in a medically-induced coma.
Explaining the hours before he went to hospital Richard said: ‘It was bad luck; I breathed something in.
‘The working theory, they never really worked out what it was exactly, is that I got on the plane at the wrong time and the pressurised cabin caused this infection in both of my lungs to explode everywhere.’
‘When I got off the plane I couldn’t breathe properly. I did something really stupid which is, I believed that because I go to the gym a lot I’d kind of be fine.
‘Obviously working on your biceps has no impact on what’s going on in your lungs. So, I left it 18 hours. When I got to A&E that’s when it all kicked off.’
‘I was very, very close to death,’ he said adding that doctors ‘went from telling me I needed to be in an induced coma to being in a coma in 4 minutes’.
‘They said to me afterwards, ”it wasn’t that you might die, we expected you to die”. I was the illest person in Lewisham hospital.’
Earlier this year, Richard was forced to shut down rumours that he’d been fired from Blue Peter for snorting cocaine off of the shell of the show’s tortoise.
The presenter reflected on the past drugs scandal which saw him sacked from the programme in 1998, during an appearance on Dave show Unforgivable.
Quick to put a stop to any more rumours, Richard revealed: ‘I didn’t give any tortoises coke… I got fired for taking drugs.’
Richard was just 18 months into his dream job at Blue Peter when he was fired at the age of 22 after admitting he took cocaine in a London nightclub.