Alastair Campbell suffers ‘worst jet lag’ in GMB complaint as Louise Minchin wades in

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Alastair Campbell, 63, has stepped into Piers Morgan’s vacant seat on Good Morning Britain as Tony Blair’s former press secretary presented the show for three consecutive days this week, with his surprising new role coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Week. The former Labour advisor kicked off his stint on Monday alongside his co-host Susanna Reid.

It appeared that Alastair had experienced a common symptom of jet lag as the presenter shared his issues on social media in the early hours of this morning.

The temporary GMB replacement confessed that he is sleep deprived with his body clock leaving him wide awake, despite not being on GMB for the latter half this week.

Alastair complained of severe jet lag, in view of his 698,000 followers.

He penned: “How is it possible to get the worst jet lag of your life when you haven’t been on a plane for months? @gmb”

Alastair’s tweet included the sleeping symbol emoji, as he added: “Aaaaaaargh…”(sic)

The GMB host’s tweet caught the attention of Louise Minchin and Dan Walker who are regularly up in the early hours for BBC Breakfast.

Taking to the micro-blogging, Louise joked that she could feel Alastair’s pain as she agreed with the presenter.

She penned: “Welcome to the club.”

Her co-host Dan remarked: “Dig in. Welcome to the early start jet lag club.”

Other notable presenter’s agreed with Alastair’s sleep woes, as Matthew Wright commented: “The early starts can really affect your mental health (no joke!)”

BBC Business Editor, Simon Jack said: “You get used to feeling like a ghost. I did it for 11 years between BBC Breakfast and Today.”

Columnist Ayesha Hazarika added: “I’m presenting breakfast on @TimesRadio this weekend. I hear you.”


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Some viewers appeared less empathetic, as one remarked: “How is it possible to get jet lag without going on a plane? Work 12 hour nights for six years.”

“We all love a moaner,” another remarked.

While a third added: “You ought to try working nights!”

Earlier this week, Alastair had shared his sleep troubles in a candid Twitter video.

In the video, Alastair pottered around his kitchen, as he gave viewers an insight into his new routine.

The TV anchor explained in the caption of the clip that he had been struggling to get into a routine with his sleep during his stint on GMB.

He wrote: “Three days in the @gmb house and I am beginning to realise why sleep deprivation is a form of torture … a few hints here on what’s coming up.”

In response, his followers shared how he had been a “refreshing” addition to the morning TV show, after his predecessor Piers Morgan resigned from the show.

One said: “You’re doing a great job on GMB. Thank you. You and John Bercow made our day yesterday. Well done.”

Another replied: “Yeah managing sleep with odd shifts is rough. I was on a day shift Monday and night shift last night. It’s seriously bad for physical and mental health.. There may be a topic for discussion on acceptable work patterns.”

A third commented: “Been enjoying it. A very refreshing change.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.

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