Alastair Campbell addresses future on Good Morning Britain: Difficult to do all the time

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Good Morning Britain presenter Alastair Campbell has opened up on his future on the ITV breakfast show, admitting that he’d find it “difficult” to make it into a full-time role. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, the former Labour political strategist reflected on the early morning starts while presenting the show. He also spoke about joining forces with revolutionary mental health platform, Just Ask A Question.

I find it very difficult to do it all the time

Alastair Campbell

The star has been presenting the show in three-day stints since April following the departure of long-term host Piers Morgan earlier that month.

However, the political strategist has admitted that he’s still finding the early starts tough, six months after joining the programme.

Alastair said: “I find [4am starts] difficult, I find it very difficult to do it all the time.”

The newsreader revealed that he finds it particularly taxing when juggling other work commitments.

He explained: “Last week, for example, I had a bit of a diary malfunction, I had to go to Dubai on the Sunday before the Monday.

“So that was pretty tough, two long flights and then three hours sleep and then you do it.

“But you get through it, and I’m very conscious that I know I have to sleep, so I wouldn’t do that forever,” he said.

Speaking about joining the show, Alastair revealed that he received a phone call a couple of days after Piers’ departure asking him to join the programme.

“Funnily enough, it was interesting as the day that Piers resigned, quite a few people phoned me up and said ‘you should do this’,” he said.

“Literally, like two days later, they phoned me up and I said, ‘Let me think about it.'”

Joining the show in a part-time capacity, the writer ruled out a full-time slot on the programme, admitting that he likes “variety” in his life.

Alastair explained: “I’m now at a point in my life where I don’t want to do anything particularly full time.

“I like having variety in my life and I like having freedom,” he admitted.

As well as fulfilling his presenting duties on the ITV show, Alastair has teamed up with revolutionary mental health platform Just Ask A Question about his own battles with mental health problems.

Alastair joined forces with Danny Gray, founder of male make-up brand War Paint for Men to revolutionise mental health support.

The platform also offers advice and experience from world leading health professionals and other well-known figures who have suffered from mental illness.

The writer features on the website Just Ask A Question, which sees him answer questions about his battle with depression in an interactive experience.

Alastair said he answered over 150 questions about his depression, which range from how his family dealt with his mental health problems, to his relationship with medication, to when he first realised his mental health was suffering.

Speaking about JAAQ, Aastair said: “It feels like you’re having a proper conversation but your conscious mind knows who I am.

“It’s like you’re having a conversation in secret, but you can offload an awful lot of stuff and get something back.”

If you need support or advice, you can contact the Samaritans helpline by calling 116 123.

The helpline is free and open 24 hours a day every day of the year. You can also contact Samaritans by emailing [email protected]

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