Gary Lineker was considered a candidate to replace Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain, but turned down the opportunity as he cannot cope with early departures. He previously said he ‘couldn’t work until 9 a.m.’
Match of the Day star Gary Lineker has refused to join Good Morning Britain – as he cannot cope with early departures.
The BBC star has been sounded out to replace Piers Morgan as the new permanent presenter of the earlybird show, alongside longtime host Susanna Reid.
Lineker, who regularly voices strong opinions on Twitter, was seen as an excellent candidate to replace Motormouth Morgan, who burst into a row over Meghan Markle last year.
But the 61-year-old former football ace admitted it wasn’t the job for him. “He immediately declined saying he would never be able to handle pre-dawn departures,” an insider revealed.
“He said he wouldn’t start until at least 9 a.m. so there’s no way he’s going full throttle before breakfast. He said it just wasn’t for him.
News that the father-of-four has been approached for the role comes after he was asked if he would like to host a breakfast party last year.
Speaking in September, he told a reporter: “I don’t work until nine o’clock, I had to have three coffees just to talk to you. No, no, no thanks.
The quest to find a permanent host for GMB turned out to be trickier than expected.
Since Morgan’s abrupt departure last spring, Good Morning Britain has had a string of replacement hosts which have included Richard Madeley, Adil Ray, Martin Lewis, Alastair Campbell and Ed Balls.
Amol Rajan, one of the presenters of Radio 4’s Today programme, also turned down the role, opting to stay at the BBC.
Last year, Lineker quit his important job at BT Sport after six years. He said he wanted to spend his time doing other things, explaining at the time: “I would like to thank BT Sport for the generous renewal offer but,
after careful consideration, i have decided to call it a day. I feel like it’s time to do things that I always promised myself I would do: like following Leicester around Europe with my sons (how many opportunities will we have?)”
Lineker’s agent did not respond to a request for comment today.