Bill Turnbull says he’s ‘not thinking’ about Piers Morgan as he takes on new GMB role

GMB: Susanna Reid reveals Bill Turnbull to guest present

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Bill Turnbull, 65, is back on Good Morning Britain this week, as he joins his long-time pal and former BBC Breakfast co-host Susanna Reid, 50, on the ITV panel. Following Piers Morgan’s, 56, exit last month, the program has been finding stand-in presenters to take his spot, but Bill has confirmed he’s not thinking about acting like the outspoke host. In a new interview, he gave the latest on his battle with prostate cancer and his return to the show, explaining his excitement to be reunited with Susanna after almost a year since they last appeared on-screen together.

I’m just playing my own game

Bill Turnbull

Bill will appear on GMB from Monday to Wednesday next week, but there’s one thing he won’t be thinking about as he sits back down in the hot seat.

“Well, I’m not thinking, ‘What would Piers do about this, what would Piers do about that?’” he scoffed.

“I’m just playing my own game.”

He went on to discuss working alongside Susanna again, saying: “I love Susanna. We have a mutual respect and have known one another over 20 years.

“She is so talented, works very hard. And now that she’s getting more sunlight, she can blossom.”

The former BBC star filled in for Piers last year, and was a huge hit with viewers.

Susanna also admitted that she was equally “delighted” that he would be returning, adding: “He has been a beloved favourite of breakfast television viewers for years and a good friend of mine.”

And while she’s right, that reassuring face confessed he doesn’t actually watch either of the rival shows he’s hosted, GMB and BBC Breakfast.

“My daily regime is such that it doesn’t fit with watching breakfast television,” he admitted to The Sun, “I like to enjoy peace in the morning.”

He quickly added, laughing: “Oh, that’s a terrible thing to say, isn’t it? ‘Bill Turnbull doesn’t watch breakfast television!’”

The presenter also gave an update on his incurable cancer battle.

Speaking about his current health, he said: “I’m pretty good at the moment.

“I had my ups and downs over the winter, but I’m now on a treatment, a hormone called Zoladex, which is working really quite well.

“The figures have become very encouraging but next month is quite important because we’re reaching a level which I’ve found hard to break through with my blood figures.

“If I get below this figure, then things are looking quite good.”

However, he continued to tell The Sun how this is just a treatment so he has to use other things to “help” him, including using CBD oil – a legal form of cannabis – as well as eating raw garlic.

He also has an £8,000 oxygen tank in his home, which he uses every day.

But in spite of his optimism, Bill did share how he still has his “dark days”, and continued to explain how he has considered seeking counselling.

The 65-year-old said: “Now I have my dark days which are chemically induced because of the hormone treatment.

“And although they’re just episodes, sometimes I think I should find somebody to talk to about it.”

The former BBC Breakfast presenter has done a great deal of work sharing awareness about prostate cancer since he was diagnosed in 2017.

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