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Richard Madeley on GMB: Could host BE any more Alan Partridge as he makes show return?

Aha! Or is it Good morning?

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GMB has invited Richard Madeley back to host next week, starting on Monday June 14, which means –  AHA! – viewers will all be making the same joke again.

Yes, it’s been said for decades now, Richard is the real-life Alan Partridge – but he’s now out-Patridge-ing Partridge.

TV legend Richard, 65, was this past week’s guest co-host on the ITV breakfast show.

But his bizarre, often random comments and descriptions of news stories and the people in them have caused viewers once again to compare him to Steve Coogan’s fictional comic character.

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Richard has been standing in as co-host this week (Credit: ITV)

What happened on GMB with Richard Madeley?

Today’s edition of the show (Tuesday June 8) saw Richard clash once again with Dr Hilary Jones about the coronavirus restrictions.

After Sir Patrick Vallance and Dr Chris Whitty delivered some sobering news about the rise in cases, co-host Susanna Reid asked: “Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Valance – what did you call them Richard?”

Read more: QUIZ: Who said this – Alan Partridge or Richard Madeley?

“The Chuckle Brothers!” he replied.

After Susanna added her thoughts, Richard turned to Dr Hilary and sniffed, “You’re going to agree aren’t you?”

“I am,” the doc answered, before outlining his argument.

And it wasn’t long before viewers took to Twitter once again to make the comparison between Richard and Alan.

How did viewers react?

One viewer said on the social media site: “It’s too early in the morning for Alan Partridge.

“Oh wait it’s Richard Madeley #GMB”.

Another wrote: “Richard Madeley is so channelling his inner Alan Partridge on #GMB”.

A third chortled: “Alan Partridge presenting @GMB is the best [thing] that’s happened to the show!”

However, a fourth wasn’t as jovial.

“#richardmadeley is either trying hard to whip up controversial TV to fill the reeking void left by idiotic bigot #PiersMorgan or he is a real-life Alan Partridge.

“Either way, #GMB has long overstayed its welcome and should be terminated. It’s trash TV.”

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Richard clashed with Dr Hilary yesterday (Credit: ITV)

What happened between Richard and Dr Hilary?

Today’s comparisons come after Richard clashed with Dr Hilary in yesterday’s episode (Monday June 7).

Dr Hilary said that the country may have to observe social distancing and mask-wearing for a while longer.

Read more: GMB: Richard Madeley and Dr Hilary Jones clash in lockdown debate

Richard said: “But Hilary, it’s going to be months and months until the entire country is vaccinated. So we stay like this until the autumn?”

After the doc said it would be a nuisance, Richard replied: “It’s more than a nuisance!”

** This article, originally published on June 8, 2021, was updated on June 13, 2021, to include details of Richard Madeley’s return to GMB.

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