GMB: Piers Morgan jokes about 'quitting live on air' in 2018
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Dan Walker, 43, has opened up about his feud with Good Morning Britain’s former host Piers Morgan, 55, in a new interview, and while he doesn’t agree with his controversial methods, he does believes Piers’ heart is in the right place. It comes after he dramatically quit the ITV flagship show earlier this month over his comments on Meghan Markle, which sparked more than 51,000 Ofcom complaints.
I think there is a decent bloke fighting to get out
Looking back at his shocking exit, Dan admitted he thinks there’s “a decent bloke fighting to get out” of him.
“Piers and I have had a friendly rivalry, but it has been good for BBC Breakfast and GMB,” Dan explained.
“He likes to throw a few insults around, but underneath all the froth I think there is a decent bloke fighting to get out.”
Some may find the “friendly” description as surprising, as Piers once referred to his BBC rival as the “dullest, most excruciatingly virtue-signalling, tediously opinion-devoid, toe-curlingly snivelling sycophant on TV”, after he criticised him over “picking” on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
And while Dan gives as good as he gets, he insists keeping one’s composure on-air is just as much a mark of a good journalist than anything else.
“They are very different programmes and I’ve always said GMB do a good job,” he continued.
“Our styles are very different, but the idea that you’ve not done a good job unless you demand resignations and rant at the interviewee is laughable.
“I don’t want you to know my opinion.”
He added: “I have no problem being seen as the more measured presenter.”
The pair have also been engaged in a ratings war for years, but more recently there have been more frequent bust-ups over Piers’ treatment of the Sussexes’ departure from royal duties and over the pair’s presenting styles when it comes to questioning government ministers about handling the coronavirus pandemic.
Piers reignited their simmering feud with his morning telly rival after telling him to “grow a pair” on Twitter earlier this month.
After Matt Hancock was found to have “acted unlawfully” when giving out PPE contracts in a court ruling, the presenter clashed with Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi and was later congratulated on social media for holding Zahawi to “account”, who in the same breath branded Dan a “jellyfish” for how he interviews politicians.
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Piers then cheekily retweeted the post and commented: “Very happy to help him grow a pair.”
But Dan admits he feels “privileged” that he gets the chance to put forward viewer’s questions to prolific ministers, especially during the GMB boycott.
“We [BBC Breakfast] have had politicians such as Matt Hancock on most weeks during the pandemic,” he said.
He went on to tell The Times: “I try to get the balance right with those interviews.
“I think it’s essential that you get to hear what those politicians have to say.”
Regardess, Dan has ruffled the feathers of Piers and vice versa, on multiple occasions.
In October last year, the former GMB star branded Dan a “liar” as they exchanged a war of words over ratings once again.
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One and GMB continues at the same time over on ITV.
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