Piers Morgan has never been one to shy away from blowing his own trumpet. And now the controversial TV presenter has declared that he is the man to SAVE The Nightly Show.
Arrogant Piers, 51, was discussing the new live ITV series, which was billed as the UK version of the late night chat shows popular in America and hosted by the likes of Jimmy Fallon and James Corden.
Up to now The Nightly Show hasn’t been much of a hit with viewers, but the gobby Good Morning Britain presenter reckons he’s the man to change all that and would be a “brilliant” host.
Showing at 10pm each week night, so far the series has been hosted by David Walliams, John Bishop and Davina McCall. And Dermot O’Leary is taking over presenting duties next week.
But despite splashing the cash on big-name hosts and a flash new set, so far it’s not really translated into ratings. Viewers have complained about the News At Ten being moved back and audience figures have dwindled, dropping down to below a million viewers last week.
But ever the self-confident self-promoter Piers thinks he is the man to solve all these problems.
They’re trying to be a bit American for me. I want to see who works. But I’d be brilliant
When asked about how he thought the show was performing, he said: “I think we have to give it a few weeks. All new shows take time to bed down. I have watched a few of them and some seem to work better than others.
“It is getting a bit of a bashing. They’re trying to be a bit American for me. I want to see who works. But I’d be brilliant,” he added, modestly.
Piers currently fronts Good Morning Britain on ITV every weekday, alongside Susanna Reid. But it sounds like he’d be willing to ditch the early mornings for the right primetime show.
“I wouldn’t mind a lie-in. And I can’t do morning and night,” he said.
Guess he’ll have to wait and see if ITV bosses come calling.
There’s certainly no plans to ditch the format, with a spokesman saying: “We are not axing The Nightly Show, nor are we moving it.”
But neither are presenters queuing up for the hosting job. It’s believe that Paul O’Grady turned down the offer to be a guest host, as did Bake Off presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.
So Piers could end up being the only option…