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Piers Morgan warns new GMB presenter he has been given 'extremely unwise advice' by bosses

Mirror logo Mirror 09/05/2021 Will Twigger

It's been two months since Piers Morgan's sudden and dramatic exit from Good Morning Britain - but he can't resist weighing in.

Piers left the ITV morning show after remarks about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sparked a vitriolic backlash, with rumours of his permanent replacement swirling since.

And as ITV continue the search for Susanna Reid's next full-time co-anchor, the network has drafted in Alastair Campbell "to provoke strong reaction and lively debate."

The GMB team has since sent a message Alastair's way, welcoming him to the team and urging him to "not hold back" during the show's "fiery debates."

Piers Morgan looking at the camera © Beretta/Sims/REX/Shutterstock Piers Morgan

Given the nature of his departure - amid a social media frenzy - Piers couldn't resist having a crack.

Writing in his MailOnline column, Piers referred to the words of his "ex-TV wife" Susanna, who described Alastair as "someone to provoke strong reaction and lively debate, tackle the big issues and speak in a language that real people understand" in a new ad.

"Hmm, that sounds familiar!" Piers laughs.

"Then GMB ' s Twitter account urged Campbell, 'Welcome to the team! We can't wait for some fiery debates, don't hold back!' Hmm, again. Given the manner of my departure, this seems extremely unwise advice…"


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Alastair Campbell wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera © Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock Alastair Campbell Piers Morgan, Susanna Reid posing for the camera: Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain © ITV/REX/Shutterstock Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain

Despite his jokes, Piers wishes Alastair well, commending him as a "a properly trained and very experienced journalist."

A fixed replacement for Piers, in the meantime, is yet to be found.

Piers' exit came after the controversial shows of March 8 and 9, during which he railed against Harry and Meghan after they sat down with Oprah Winfrey.

a person standing in front of a store: Piers Morgan storms off GMB © Enterprise News and Pictures Piers Morgan storms off GMB Piers Morgan standing in front of a building © PA Piers Morgan

He repeatedly claimed he "didn't believe a word" Meghan said, including about how she had suffered from suicidal thoughts.

His final show saw him storm off set before composing himself and returning after a heated argument with colleague Alex Beresford over his coverage of the interview.

Piers remained defiant after his exit, vowing to reporters the following morning that attempts to "cancel" him would not succeed.

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