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Piers Morgan Confirms He’s Quitting Life Stories and Will Be Replaced by Kate Garraway

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Piers Morgan will retire from hosting Life Stories after 12 years and will be replaced by Kate Garraway.

The former Good Morning Britain anchor, 56, confirmed the news in a tweet on Thursday, revealing that his time fronting more than 100 shows had been ‘amazing’.

Fellow GMB star and close friend Kate, 54, will be taking over the last three episodes of the series and will also have a part in her own interview in what will be Piers’ very last show.

End of an era: Piers Morgan stops hosting Life Stories after 12 years and is replaced by Kate Garraway

Piers broke the news to his 8 million Twitter followers, telling how he quit the ITV show to host his own global daily programme.

He said, ‘BREAKING NEWS: I’m quitting Life Stories after 12 years and 100 shows. My last will be with my wonderful friend @kategarraway and she will then host the remaining 3 scheduled shows of the next series as I leave ITV to host my new global daily show.”

The broadcaster added: ‘It was a blast!’

Stepping up: Fellow GMB star and close friend Kate, 54, will be taking over the series' final three episodes and will also feature in her own interview in what will be Piers' very last show

Stepping up: Fellow GMB star and close friend Kate, 54, will be taking over the series’ final three episodes and will also feature in her own interview in what will be Piers’ very last show

Confirmation: The former Good Morning Britain anchor, 56, confirmed the news in a tweet Thursday, revealing that his time fronting over 100 shows had been 'amazing'

Confirmation: The former Good Morning Britain anchor, 56, confirmed the news in a tweet Thursday, revealing that his time fronting over 100 shows had been ‘amazing’

An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline of his departure: ‘Piers and ITV have agreed that his interview with Kate Garraway for Piers Morgan’s Life Stories will be his last; and that Kate will take over on his behalf for the remaining three episodes of the upcoming series.

“We want to thank Piers for more than a hundred compelling, compelling and insightful life stories over the past 12 years, in which his interviewees have included the very best names from showbiz, business and politics.

“We wish him every success in all his future ventures.”

Close friends: 'She's been a good friend for three decades, was a wonderfully loyal and supportive colleague during my five years at GMB and is honestly one of my favorite people in the world'

Close friends: ‘She’s been a good friend for three decades, was a wonderfully loyal and supportive colleague during my five years at GMB and is honestly one of my favorite people in the world’

They added of Kate: “Kate is a brilliant journalist and an inquisitive interviewer and we look forward to her next three shows.”

The last three episodes presented by Kate will air in 2022.

About how he feels about Kate filling his shoes, Piers said: “I can’t think of anyone I’d rather end my run with than Kate.

“She has been a close friend for three decades, was an incredibly loyal and supportive colleague during my five years at GMB and is honestly one of my favorite people in the world.

New job: Kate said of her new role: 'It's a big job, but I've always enjoyed the chance to talk to people both on the air and off it'

New job: Kate said of her new role: ‘It’s a big job, but I’ve always enjoyed the chance to talk to people both on the air and off it’

“The way she’s handled the devastating family situation with Derek sums her up: Kate is such a brave, stoic, inspiring and tough cookie. She has also had a fascinating life and I think viewers will find her story as captivating as I know it.”

The broadcaster added that it was a “very” difficult decision to leave the show, adding that he is “extremely proud” of the program.

Kate said of her new role: “It’s a big job, but I’ve always loved the chance to talk to people, both on the air and off it.

“Everyone has a story to tell and the great thing about this show is that you have the airtime to delve into the lives of guys that viewers may not know yet.

“It’s also an opportunity to understand more about the bits we already know (both good and bad) and hear it in their own words.”

She added of her friend Piers, “Piers is on his way to new pastures and I’m so happy for him, but it’s great to be able to help out with the series’ final three episodes.”

About how she feels about being in the hot seat for her own interview, Kate added: “I’m always nervous around Piers Morgan.

Moving on: The announcer added that it was a 'very' difficult decision to leave the show, adding that he is 'extremely proud' of the program

Moving on: The announcer added that it was a ‘very’ difficult decision to leave the show, adding that he is ‘extremely proud’ of the program

Seriously though, the great thing about Piers and me is that we’ve known each other for so long – through the highs and lows – so there’s nothing to hide from him, but I also know that he has my best interests at heart. . So no doubt he will be harsh, but it will come from a place of love and understanding.’

Kate’s interview will likely focus on her husband Derek Draper’s long battle with the coronavirus and her career.

Piers has hosted Life Stories since it began in 2009 and has talked to some familiar faces in hard-hitting and often emotional interviews.

Among the names he interviews are Joan Collins, Sir Kier Starmer, Cheryl, Gemma Collins, Dame Barbara Windsor and the late Captain Tom Moore.

Frontman: Piers has hosted Life Stories since it began in 2009 and has talked to some famous faces in hard hitting and often emotional interviews (pictured with Gemma Collins)

Frontman: Piers has hosted Life Stories since it began in 2009 and has talked to some famous faces in hard hitting and often emotional interviews (pictured with Gemma Collins)

Chats: Among the names he interviews are Joan Collins, Sir Kier Starmer, Cheryl, Gemma Collins, Dame Barbara Windsor and the late Captain Tom Moore (pictured)

Chats: Among the names he interviews are Joan Collins, Sir Kier Starmer, Cheryl, Gemma Collins, Dame Barbara Windsor and the late Captain Tom Moore (pictured)

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