Good Morning Britain viewers were confused last week when the show didn’t make a return after Christmas.
But the show finally returned today, following the Bank Holiday, with Susanna Reid back at the helm with guest presenter Richard Bacon.
The former Blue Peter star has been appearing on the ITV news programme as one of a roster of co-presenters.
Martin Lewis, Adil Ray, and Richard Madeley are others to have regularly filled the hotseat since Piers Morgan’s dramatic exit in March last year.
But it seems Richard’s time on the show is already at an end.
Appearing on Tuesday’s GMB, the presenter responded as Susanna and showbiz correspondent Richard Arnold joked about him being replaced twice in a matter of minutes.
“I’m not firing you at all I’m more than happy for you to be here as often as you’d like,” Susanna turned to her co-host.
“But you told me that today is your last day.”
“It is my last day,” Richard confirmed to a cue of ‘awws’ from the GMB team.
Richard Arnold then joked: “I’d love to stick around Richard but muscle strength starts at 7.30 and I’ve got to get into my lycra.”
When suggesting Sir David Attenborough should step into his place, Richard responded: “I am happy to confirm that that would be an upgrade.
“I think if you’d replace Richard Bacon with David Attenborough, that’s not a sideways move,” the GMB host added.
But viewers want him to stick around.
“Can Richard Bacon be a permanent fixture on GMB please????!!! A breath of fresh air @GMB @richardpbacon,” @Suzanne_We begged.
@lorddavidallan tweeted: “@GMB @susannareid100 Please please keep Richard Bacon.”
“@GMB good morning. CN we please keep Richard Bacon on GMB,” @JackieE66289977 echoed.
@clareboylan added: “@susannareid100 and @GMB Please make Richard a permanent fixture.”
GMB viewers are wondering if Richard Madeley will be returning on Thursday.
He last appeared on the show in early November before he headed into isolation for the 2021 series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.
But the former This Morning star’s appearance in the castle was cut short when he fell ill and was taken to hospital as a precaution.
He couldn’t return to the ITV reality show because he broke the show’s ‘Covid bubble’.