Meghan and Harry: Piers Morgan slams ‘PR stunt’ in 2020
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Controversial and colourful broadcaster Piers Morgan has always been notorious for bringing in the ratings for ITV.
However, the 56-year-old parted ways with the company after refusing to apologise on air for audaciously claiming that Meghan Markle’s account of life in the royal family was untrue.
My second thought, because I’m not a whiny weak woke wastrel, was to chuckle because it made me laugh
Now, while he promotes his “last hurrah” on Instagram this evening, followers can hear Piers let loose and revealed how he really feels about the “divorce”.
In excerpts of his feelings published by the Mail On Sunday, Piers even described life working for the channel as “more dysfunctional” than the royal family itself.
“One of the benefits of getting divorced from the ‘ITV family’ [and its] fake smiles… is that I no longer have to attend the annual ‘Palooza’,” he wrote mischievously.
“The absurdly named event exposes the network’s on-screen stars to abject ridicule in front of thousands of rowdy drunken advertisers.”
He recalled that ITV director Kevin Lygo, “who oversaw my sudden departure from Good Morning Britain after Meghan Markle wrote to chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall to demand my head on a plate for criticising her”, took the opportunity in his absence to poke fun at him.
According to Piers, his speech at the Royal Festival Hall had seen the director “gleefully stamp on” his grave.
“Of course, he’s not here – he f***ing walked off, didn’t he?” Lygos had quipped his “divorce” from the channel.
Shortly afterwards, he also made a “w**ker” gesture to elicit laughs from the audience.
He hit back with a sarcastic swipe: “My first thought on hearing about this was that I should write immediately to Dame Carolyn, say this derogatory attack was very damaging to my mental health and insist that Lygo is fired.
“But my second thought, because I’m not a whiny weak woke wastrel, was to chuckle because it made me laugh.”
Tonight, Piers Morgan will present his last ever episode of Life Stories for the channel, before leaving it behind permanently.
His replacement Kate Garraway – whose husband Derek is still battling after a severe bout of covid put him in a coma last year – will be sorry to lose her working relationship with the unapologetically straight-talking host.
However, speaking to co-host Ben Shephard on Good Morning Britain this Friday, she confessed that his interrogatory interview style had left her “defensive”.
She revealed: “He went all over the place. He delved into my personal life.
“He delved into my past, my exes, career stuff – I mean there are some images of me that I cannot even remember looking like.”
She added that Piers had a “massive, massive research team”, in a possible explanation for how thorough the investigation into her life had been.
Kate, whose husband recently struggled with inflammation of the brain after coronavirus side effects continued to target him, admitted of her time on the show: “You can tell from my face that every question he is going to ask, my face is saying: ‘What are you going to ask me now’?”
“It’s a bit defensive.”
Meanwhile, Piers posted a tribute to his time on Life Stories on Instagram this evening, remembering: “My first Life Stories was with @sharonosbourne on Feb 22, 2009.
Talking of his “last hurrah”, he added: “Now, 103 shows & 12yrs later, I’m bowing out with another great friend @kategarraway. It’s been one helluva ride!”
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