While discussing having dinner with fellow journalist Mariella Frostrup last week, he revealed she went in for a hug despite coronavirus rules stipulating that until today, they were still not allowed.
“‘Sorry Mariella, you’ll have to wait until Monday, or I’ll have you arrested,'” he jokingly wrote in his column.
“I haven’t seen a face so crushed since this morning when Alastair Campbell sealed his brief GMB presenting stint with a grovelling apology for mistakenly telling viewers the Queen had died.”
He added: “Ironically, this worst gaffe in breakfast show history may have killed off hapless Al’s scheming aspirations to be the new me.
“I’d give him a consoling hug, if it was allowed.”