Piers Morgan shares his ‘only regret’ about leaving GMB – not interviewing Boris Johnson
GMB: Piers Morgan jokes about 'quitting live on air' in 2018
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Piers Morgan, 55, doesn’t appear to have many regrets in his life but there is one and a very big one at that, stemming from his sensational exit from Good Morning Britain last month. Over the course of last year, the outspoken presenter raged at the Government for boycotting the program for fear, he believes, to go up against him holding them “to account” for their handling on the coronavirus pandemic.
That it won’t now happen is my only regret about leaving
Despite all ministers staying away from GMB, there was one person in particular that Piers wanted to talk to – Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
And low and behold, not long before he stood down from his post on the ITV flagship news program, Mr Johnson finally agreed to an interview, which now won’t happen.
Writing in his latest Daily Mail column, Piers couldn’t quite believe his (bad) luck.
“Ironically, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the man who ducked GMB for the past four years and even ran and hid in a fridge to avoid answering our questions, had finally agreed to an interview with me at No 10 next month,” he said.
“That it won’t now happen is my only regret about leaving.”
He also believed most ministers will be “celebrating” his exit: “Like the removal of an abscess from a rotten tooth,” he quipped.
But some, he admitted, are at least pretending to be disappointed.
He revealed that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps sent him a text saying: “I might be in a minority of politicians, but I was genuinely sorry to see you leave GMB!”
“‘That’s very kind,’ I replied, ‘and I almost believe you…’
Piers recalled Shapps responded: “‘In fairness,’ he replied, ‘I never recall ending an interview with you feeling aggrieved. Just answer his questions, was my advice to colleagues.'”
Despite the controversy surrounding his departure, his exit was of his own accord.
He revealed that ITV gave him an ultimatum to either apologise for upsetting people or to walk away, and he chose the latter over something he didn’t believe in doing.
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“To be clear: I’m not a victim and I haven’t been cancelled,” he stated.
“In fact, in many ways this has been one of the most exciting and affirmative periods of my life.”
Piers went on to explain that he fears democracy as we know it “will die” if our rights to free speech are denied.
“It’s time to cancel the cancel culture before it kills our culture,” he suggested.
TV regulator Ofcom has announced the telly star broke the all-time record number of complaints with a whopping 57,000, including one from Meghan Markle herself over his comments on her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
But following the bitter aftermath, more than 300,000 people signed petitions for him to get his job back.
For now, it seems the broadcaster have bigger plans for the GMB on-air team to cover their losses, with Susanna Reid set to be the “solo star” of the show, with bigger roles in the pipeline for Alex Beresford and Andi Peters.
Express.co.uk approached ITV for comment on these claims by The Sun’s source.
GMB continues weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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