It proved to be an emotional morning for TV presenter Richard Arnold when his Good Morning Britain colleagues surprised him with a special episode to celebrate his 20th anniversary in the world of television. Richard's family and friends gathered to mark the milestone moment as a short video aired of highlights from his career from interviews with Mariah Carey and Jennifer Aniston to funny moments on air across the years.
Meanwhile, friends including Len Goodman, Christopher Biggins and Linda Gray also made appearances in the clip, sharing kind messages about the 47-year-old.
The Good Morning Britain cast surprised Richard Arnold to celebrate his 20th anniversary
More surprises were in store for Richard when later during the show he was presented with a cake to mark the special occasion, and joined on set by his former Strictly Come Dancing partner Erin Boag, as well as Linda Robson and Sue Cleaver – even his mum and dog Clemmie popped into the studio. "Thank you all, it's been incredible," said a delighted Richard.
Good Morning Britain's Susanna Reid opened up to HELLO! about working with Richard, describing him as "awesome", adding that the show "would not be the same" without him.
"He's the funniest, sharpest presenter and has such a glamorous showbiz lifestyle, he jokes that you'll often find him waking up in a trolley in the Lidl car park after another fabulous A-list party," she told HELLO!. "He's never better than when he's sparring with Piers. Richard - you are awesome and the programme would not be the same without you - congratulations."
Richard described the celebration as "incredible"
Fellow presenter Piers Morgan agreed, also sharing nothing but words of praise for Richard. "Richard is infectiously enthusiastic, enduringly hilarious, whip-smart and often insufferably annoying as witnessed recently when he slapped me on the head for interrupting his tedious segment about Star Wars," he told HELLO!.
"Despite his propensity for work-place violence, I love him dearly, and so does my mum. I’ve only done a year of morning TV and it’s nearly killed me, so 20 years is an incredible achievement. I salute you, Mr Arnold, and long may you reign as the King of Breakfast Showbiz Chat."
Good Morning Britain, ITV weekdays from 6am.