Andrew Neil welcomed onto GB News by Farage as 'contributor'
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On Monday evening after weeks of speculation, Andrew Neil confirmed he would be stepping down from his role as chairman and presenter on GB Ness after taking a “break” two weeks after the channel’s launch. However, former UKIP leader and GB News presenter Nigel Farage confirmed the former BBC broadcaster wasn’t gone from the channel for good as he’d regularly join him on his show as a guest contributor. But with news of Neil stepping down only breaking a few hours before Farage’s show, many were disappointed the pair didn’t discuss the reasons behind his “change of role”.
Neil did return to GB News following the confirmation of his resignation to discuss with Farage whether the UK has become too reliant on Chinese investment.
And while the two didn’t discuss Neil’s aforementioned resignation, Farage did raise the issue when introducing him to the programme.
After teeing up the debate about China, Farage said: “Joining me to discuss this is somebody who I’ve got respect for,
“It’s a change of role here at GB News and I’ve no doubt you can read plenty about that.
“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 two then went back and forth on China’s impact on the UK before Farage closed the interview by revealing Neil would be back at the same time next week.
“Thank you ever so much for joining me and I look forward to seeing you at the same time next week,” Farage concluded. “Thank you.”
However, with the entirety of the chat centred on China rather than Neil’s decision and ongoing role with the channel, many were left irked.
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Taking to Twitter following Farage, one vented: “Nigel Farage interviews @afneil on @GBNEWS – about China. No mention of Neil’s resignation. It’s a strange way to treat your viewers.”
A second went as far as to sarcastically quip: “Well after seeing Farage interview Andrew Neil, 3 words come to mind, Non Disclosure Agreement.”
“Bit brief,” a third weighed in when discussing the length of Neil’s return. “But manageable.”
While a fourth claimed: “‘New role’. He will give this charade a couple of weeks and then be gone.”
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And a fifth – like so many others – was left asking the same question: “Why has he left?”
Neil did address his exit in a published statement on Monday afternoon.
“I am sorry to go but I have concluded it’s time to reduce my commitments,” Neil said.
“I wish GB News well in continuing to fulfil its founding promise and mission to reach audiences currently underserved by existing news broadcasters.”
The GB News official Twitter account added words of its own to address Neil’s departure from the role.
“Andrew is without doubt one of the finest journalists and interviewers in this country,” it read.
“GB News thanks him for his 12 months of leadership, wisdom and advice and we wish him well.”
Farage airs at 7pm Mondays to Thursdays on GB News.
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