The former Blue Peter presenter, 45, will host four episodes of the programme from next week.
This isn’t Richard’s first time on Good Morning Britain as he temporarily hosted the show two years ago.
Stand in: Richard Bacon has been announced as the latest temporary host of Good Morning Britain after he briefly hosted the show two years ago (pictured on GMB in 2019)
Richard will host the morning show with Charlotte Hawkins on Wednesday, Kate Garraway on Thursday and Friday, and Ranvir Singh on Monday, August 23.
‘I can’t wait to see the team again and am very much looking forward to my time on the show with Kate, Ranvir and Charlotte.’
Richard has plenty of experience of presenting morning television, having hosted Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast from 1999 to 2002.
Irreplaceable: Since Piers left the show amid a row concerning Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview, which aired in March, a rotation of co-hosts have joined Susann Reid (pictured on GMB in 2020)
Since Piers left the show amid a row concerning Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview, which aired in March, a rotation of co-hosts have joined remaining anchor Susanna.
He will join a long list of hosts to stand in for Piers since his exit in March, including Ben Shephard, Bill Turnbull, Richard Madeley and Alastair Campbell.
The likes of Bill Turnbull – formally Susanna’s BBC Breakfast co-star – as well as Alastair Campbell, Richard Madeley and Adil Ray have also been stepping into the role, yet no long-term replacement has been assigned yet.
An insider told The Mirror: ‘ITV are using these guest presenter slots to decide what works and what doesn’t. Bacon is an exciting prospect.’
Back at it: The former Blue Peter presenter will host four episodes of the programme from next week, the Mirror reports (pictured on GMB with Susanna Reid in 2019)
Richard’s return to British TV comes three years after he was placed in a medically-induced coma for 11 days, after being rushed to hospital with pneumonia.
He spent 11 nights in a medically-induced coma while battling the potentially fatal disease pneumonia in 2018, revealing that his body went blue at one stage and doctors expected him to die.
The presenter said that coming out of the coma was the worst day of his life because it took 14 hours and he kept hallucinating.
While presenting GMB in 2019, Bacon revealed how doctors gave him four minutes to inform family members and get his affairs in order before they would place him in a medically-induced coma.
Explaining the hours before he went to hospital Richard said: ‘It was bad luck; I breathed something in.
‘The working theory, they never really worked out what it was exactly, is that I got on the plane at the wrong time and the pressurised cabin caused this infection in both of my lungs to explode everywhere.’
Scary: Richard’s return to British TV comes three years after he was placed in a medically-induced coma for 11 days, after being rushed to hospital with pneumonia
‘When I got off the plane I couldn’t breathe properly. I did something really stupid which is, I believed that because I go to the gym a lot I’d kind of be fine.
‘Obviously working on your biceps has no impact on what’s going on in your lungs. So, I left it 18 hours. When I got to A&E that’s when it all kicked off.’
‘I was very, very close to death,’ he said adding that doctors ‘went from telling me I needed to be in an induced coma to being in a coma in 4 minutes’.
‘They said to me afterwards, ”it wasn’t that you might die, we expected you to die”. I was the illest person in Lewisham hospital.’
Earlier this year, Richard was forced to shut down rumours that he’d been fired from Blue Peter for snorting cocaine off of the shell of the show’s tortoise.
The presenter reflected on the past drugs scandal which saw him sacked from the programme in 1998, during an appearance on Dave show Unforgivable.
Quick to put a stop to any more rumours, Richard revealed: ‘I didn’t give any tortoises coke… I got fired for taking drugs.’
Richard was just 18 months into his dream job at Blue Peter when he was fired at the age of 22 after admitting he took cocaine in a London nightclub.
‘I didn’t give any tortoises coke’: Earlier this year, Richard was forced to shut down rumours that he’d been fired from Blue Peter for snorting cocaine off of the show’s tortoise