Ben Shephard branded This Mornings saviour as he steps in to host ITV show

This Morning fans have said new presenter Ben Shephard could be the ITV show's "saviour".

The Good Morning Britain and Tipping Point star has joined the programme as the latest in a series of new co-hosts for Holly Willoughby after Phillip Schofield left. He started earlier this week and so far the shake-up has got the thumbs up as Ben has gone down a storm with viewers.

Some people have even admitted that they are only tuning in to see him on the sofa. "Very glad Ben is back today," one fan posted on X, formerly Twitter, as Tuesday's instalment (26 September) of the daytime programme got under way.

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Another person said the TV star was "brilliant". A third said: "Only watching because Ben is on."

"Ben just might be the saviour of this show," said someone else, explaining that they loved his presenting style. "Only watch the show because Ben Shephard is on," remarked one viewer.

"Ah Ben again I will actually watch, and we get to see those muscular arms!" joked another fan, as another exclaimed: "BEN IS BACK!" And another appreciative viewer agreed: "Loving Ben on the show."

Other people suggested the celeb could be made a more permanent part of the line-up. "Can we keep Ben Shephard on This Morning he brings the energy?" one person asked.

"What a breath of fresh air having a great presenter on This Morning," added someone else. "Keep Ben Shephard," they urged. Someone else said Ben was the best of This Morning's stars.

Holly had previously hosted This Morning with Phillip for years. But earlier this year he stepped down amid a scandal that saw him admitting to an “unwise but not illegal” affair with a much younger male colleague.

So far show bosses have not replaced Schofe with one person and Holly has hosted the programme with several other people, including Josie Gibson and Craig Doyle.

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV

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