Where is Piers Morgan today? Why presenter was not on Good Morning Britain this morning, and if he has coronavirus

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Regular viewers tuning in to Good Morning Britain this morning will have noticed that regular presenter Piers Morgan is still missing from action

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic raging on the background, it's not unlikely one or two will have put the two together.

So where is the divisive host? And is he OK? When might he be back?

Here's everything you need to know:

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Where is Piers Morgan?

Morgan temporarily stepped back from the programme at the start of the week after developing a “mild” coronavirus symptom.

Morgan tweeted: “On medical advice, and out of an abundance of caution for a mild symptom that arose in the past 48 hours.

"I’ve had a test for Covid-19 and so won’t be working on Good Morning Britain until I get the result back.”

Morgan tested negative for the disease on Monday (4 May), and many assumed he would be back in time for Tuesday's show, but so far he has not been seen on screen.

When will Morgan be back?

Morgan tested negative for the disease on Monday, so many assumed he would be back in time for the next day’s broadcast.

Introducing Tuesday’s show, co-presenter Susanna Reid said: "We are happy to report that Piers tested negative for coronavirus however he is still under the weather."

Reading out Piers' tweet, Susanna said: "My COVID-19 test was negative. I was advised to take the test by my doctor after developing possible coronavirus symptoms, and was entitled to do so as a Govt-designated essential worker.

"I'll be back on @GMB as soon as my doctor advises I'm OK to return to work."

Who will be presenting instead?

The programme will be hosted by ITV presenter Ben Shephard alongside Susanna Reid as Morgan waits for his test results.

Shephard has been doing an admirable job, but GMB viewers voiced their concerns over the stand-in presenter after claiming he looked "knackered" on Wednesday’s show.

One viewer posted to social media: "Ben Shephard looks tired and doesn't look like he wants to be on this morning I miss Piers. Ben could pretend he's happy to the viewers.”

Another wrote: "Is Ben having trouble staying awake? He looks absolutely knackered."

Shephard even weighed in himself, saying: "Yes, sooner [Morgan is back] the better. I'm getting quite tired already and it's only day two, quite frankly!"

Morgan’s eventful week

It's been a busy few days for Morgan.

Last week, he was cleared of breaching TV watchdog Ofcom’s rules after attracting more than 3,000 complaints over his “combative” questioning of care minister Helen Whately in two interviews.

During an animated interview, he asked Ms Whately for the number of health workers and care workers who had died from the illness.

She accused him of “shouting at me and not giving me a chance to answer your questions” and “attempting to score points”.

Morgan defended his approach, saying it was not as “uncomfortable” as the conditions for the carers on the front line of the coronavirus crisis.

Morgan has attracted some more positive publicity in recent weeks, as one of the famous faces taking on the 2.6 challenge which replaced the London Marathon, and raised money for struggling charities last Sunday.

A host of huge names, including Sir Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff and David Haye went through a workout, led by Morgan, in aid of the Ruth Strauss Foundation.