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Robert Rinder reacts to rumours he could replace Piers Morgan on 'GMB'

Amy Johnson
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Judge Robert Rinder at the 2017 Edinburgh International Television Festival at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Judge Robert Rinder at the 2017 Edinburgh International Television Festival at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. (Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)

Robert Rinder has addressed rumours he could be replacing Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain.

The TV judge is reportedly one of the names being considered to join presenter Susanna Reid on the show after Morgan's sudden exit from the programme earlier in March.

Appearing on ITV's Lorraine on Monday, Rinder said there would be two things potentially holding him back from signing up – the early starts and online abuse.

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He began: “The difficulty is... first of all, I don’t know how you do it. You’ve managed to do it over the years and you’re not even in sympathetic lighting and you’ve managed to stay line-less.

Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid. (ITV)
Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid. (ITV)

“Of course, you get up at six o’clock in the morning. If I got up at three o’clock in the morning and had to cross-examine some lying, idiot politician who is trying to tell me porkies I think there might be a nuclear-powered reaction.

“As you know, I don’t do nonsense of any sort. But I think it would be a very interesting thing indeed.”

Rinder continued: “I’m not sure I could endure the wave of Twitter hate.

“That being said, anybody on Twitter who has got residual energy to write mean things about anybody is not a happy human being.”

The barrister is a friend of Reid's, with the pair having previously appeared on Celebrity Gogglebox together.

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Morgan left the programme following controversial remarks he made about Meghan Markle in the wake of her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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The Duchess of Sussex said her mental health had suffered during her time as a working royal and that she had considered taking her own life.

During a discussion of the interview, Morgan remarked: "I don’t believe a word she says.”

It was revealed last week that over 57,000 complaints had been lodged with Ofcom, with the broadcasting watchdog having announced a week prior that it would be launching an investigation under its harm and offence rules.