The carpet from the riser by the media wall/interview area has been removed (seen in the video above).
Piers is apparently off to the states for 4 weeks, so it sounds like he’ll return on the Oscars special, then be back in London the following week. Morgan must have one of the best arrangements in TV, taking extended school holidays and time off in-between.
He has what is called the "Johnny Carson of TV deals" with ITV. The famous talk show host, host of the Tonight Show from 1962-1992 had a spat with NBC management in 1979 and by 1980 desperate to keep him, caved in to all of his demands and he got the best deal in US television.
Johnny wrangled out of NBC only to have to work three days a week for 37 weeks of the year for $25 million salary and rights to all of his archive and the right to decide what show should air after his Tonight Show. Now that is a deal!
Piers management has done a similar thing with ITV who understand how much Piers is needed for GMB and they caved in to his demands.