Tearful Richard Arnold stuns GMB co-stars as he announces he’s ‘retiring’ after 25 years

Entertainment editor Richard, 52, celebrated a quarter of a century working on breakfast TV on the programme, with his colleagues sharing his ‘best bits’ on ITV

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Richard Arnold discusses plans to retire from GMB

Richard Arnold shocked his Good Morning Britain co-stars by announcing that he was retiring after 25 years – but it wasn’t evident whether it was for good or just a break from the ITV show.

The entertainment editor, 52, celebrated a quarter of a century working on breakfast TV on the programme, with his colleagues sharing his ‘best bits’ on ITV .

“I’m mortified,” Richard confessed after watching the segment. “It’s a lot of frocks there! A lot of looks!”

“A lot of frocks, a lot of beaver,” host Kate Garraway quipped. “I mean, that coat is almost as famous as you!”

“Frosted tips and a matching beaver, you can’t go wrong,” Richard cheekily replied.

Kate agreed: “You can’t go wrong!”

Richard Arnold shocked his GMB co-stars as he declared he was retiring



Richard continued: “Well, the joy is you get to interview – as you are very lucky to do – you get to interview people that you’ve grown up with and you see on the big screen and the small screen. Of course, it’s a huge privilege to connect with everybody watching at home after all this time.

“I will be retiring from public life – at least, from Good Morning Britain, and moving on-“

Ben interjected: “We’ve only just dragged you back in, what are you talking about?!”

Referring to being mistaken for Man Utd’s new CEO – who also has the same name – he said: “I’ve got about two weeks to brush up on the offside rule, I’ve got no time!”

It comes after the GMB studio suffered numerous tech issues early on in the programme today.

He celebrated 25 years in showbiz today



Addressing the problems early on, Ben said: “We have an issue – Kate, have you been in the gallery?”

Confused, Kate asked: “What?”

Ben probed: “Have you been in the gallery?”

Kate replied: “What, because something’s going wrong?”

“Well, you spilt something and our mixing desk keeps getting stuck,” Ben pointed out. “Every now and again, strange things keep appearing on the screen. It could keep happening throughout this morning’s show. There might be a live mic might go across – there you go, that’s just popped up!”

Richard announced his plans to leave GMB



Again, another black screen appeared, this time with the words ‘KATE NTA WIN MOVING ULAY EMMA’.

Ben said: “There you go, that’s just popped up! One of the buttons that you spilt coffee .”

Kate joked: “Kate NTA win – always upset for that mistake to pop up!”

“That’s exactly why I think it’s you. You spilt a coffee up there. There’s a button stuck,” Ben insisted.

However, Kate responded that it might actually not be her fault.

“For once, I think I might not be responsible,” she said. “Which is a shock in itself!”

Ben offered an apology to viewers as he explained: “So our director has just asked one of the engineers to go and fix that, so apologies if random things pop up. Genuinely, there’s been a spillage or something in the gallery, or something’s got stuck.”

*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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