Piers Morgan has been ‘shot down’ after suggesting that he could be the ideal replacement for Jon Snow at Channel 4.
The 56-year-old former Good Morning Britain presenter had joked with the broadcaster that maybe he should get himself ready for a return to TV but one of the replies was probably not what he was expecting.
Earlier on Thursday, Jon had announced that he would be stepping down from his role with Channel 4.
The 73-year-old is the station’s longest-running presenter and has been hosting Channel 4 News since 1989.
Jon will leave the flagship news show at the end of the year and Piers was quick to declare his interest in replacing him, with a cheeky tweet.
Referencing Jon’s extensive tie collection, Piers wrote on Twitter on Thursday: “Shall I dust down my tie collection @Channel4News?”
Among those to reply to the tweet was Channel 4 News editor Ben de Pear, who was quickly a bearer of bad news for Piers, who had been a controversial personality before he quit GMB.
Ben wrote back to Piers with a dismissive: “Don’t ring us, we’ll ring you.”
While it would seem that there are not many fans of Piers in the Channel 4 news team, there were plenty of replies to his tweet that urged Piers to return to TV and hoped that this might be the opportunity.
Announcing his intention to step down from his role, Jon announced: “After three incredible decades on Channel 4 News, it is time to move on. I am excited by the many things I want to accomplish but I have to say I have enjoyed every minute of my time with the programme.
“It has brought me adventure, as well as sorrow in some of the stories that I have had to report and also joy in reporting others, but above all, it has brought me community in working with the most fantastic group of people who are bound in intellect, humour and understanding.
“Together, we have forged a wonderful service. I feel proud to have contributed to Channel 4 News let alone to have anchored the programme for the last 32 years.”
Jon added: “I’m looking forward to new adventures and new challenges.”
Channel 4 has confirmed that Jon will continue to work with them from 2022, in which he will ‘focus on his charities and some of his many passions in life, peoples’ stories, inequality, Africa, Iran and the arts.”
Jon’s career in broadcasting has spanned 45 years, with him joining ITN in 1976.
He became the network’s Washington correspondent between 1983 and 1986 and was their diplomatic editor between 1986 and 1989.
He then moved over to Channel 4 News with his award winning career seeing him being honoured with a Bafta fellowship.
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Jon also won the Richard Dimbleby Bafta award for best factual contribution to UK television in 2005 and the Royal Television Society award for journalist of the year in 2006, as well as five awards for presenter of the year.
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