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Earlier this week, Andrew Neil decided to step down as chairman and presenter on GB News. The former BBC News host declared he was taking a break from the news channel just two weeks after its launch. However, on Monday he confirmed he would be taking a step back from the broadcaster as he wanted to reduce his work commitments. Neil will still feature on the channel as a guest contributor, and his usual slot will be taken over from Colin Brazier.
Neil hasn’t confirmed what he plans to do next, however, TV boss Carolyn McCall believes he is going to do really well wherever he goes.
Speaking at the Royal Television Society conference, McCall spoke about Piers Morgan’s exit from Good Morning Britain and Neil’s sudden departure from GB News.
As reported by Deadline, McCall said: “Andrew and Piers are going to do really well wherever they go.
“I think you’re going to get Andrew and Piers on a global platform any day soon.”
On Monday, GB News confirmed Neil’s resignation on its official Twitter account.
“Our Chairman and Presenter Andrew Neil has stepped down from his roles at GB News and will instead appear as a regular guest commentator on our shows,” a brief Twitter statement read.
Neil was also quoted as saying: “I am sorry to go but I have concluded it’s time to reduce my commitments.
He continued: “I wish GB News well in continuing to fulfil its founding promise and mission to reach audiences currently underserved by existing news broadcasters.”
Following the announcement, Neil appeared on Nigel Farage’s GB News show where fans expected him to address his resignation.
Joining the former UKIP leader on Monday night, Neil and Farage didn’t discuss the reasons behind his “change of role”.
However, Farage did briefly mention his co-star’s departure when he welcomed viewers to the show.
“Joining me to discuss this is somebody who I’ve got respect for,” Farage began.
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“It’s a change of role here at GB News and I’ve no doubt you can read plenty about that,” the host continued.
“But Andrew Neil is here as a GB News contributor and commentator and, I’m pleased to say, he’s going to regularly appear here on my show.”
The duo then went on to discuss whether the UK has become too reliant on Chinese investment, avoiding the topic of Neil’s resignation.
Since the announcement, Neil’s former colleagues took to social media to wish him well.
Brazier, who has stood in for Neil over the past few weeks and will replace Neil in his 8pm slot, tweeted: “Andrew has been an inspiration to all of us at GB News.
“We look forward to seeing him again on the channel as a contributor. And, yes, having minded the shop for a few weeks, it’ll be nice to have my name above the door. @GBNEWS.” (sic)
Alastair Stewart admitted he will “miss not having him around as much”.
He said: “I am so very sorry that @afneil is stepping back from his original roles but I am delighted he’ll still be doing stuff for @GBNEWS.
“I will miss not having him around as much – as a friend, mentor and master broadcaster.”
GB News airs weekdays from 6am.
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