Piers Morgan: 5 Things Learnt From His US TV interview And 5 Things You Never Knew About Him

Piers Morgan 5 Things You Never Knew About The Presenter
Piers Morgan 5 Things You Never Knew About The Presenter

The Good Morning Britain presenter doesn’t discuss his personal life to a large extent, in fact not much is known about his early childhood. Piers Morgan, world famous outspoken presenter rarely speaks about his humble beginnings, so we’ve taken this job up to present you with incredible facts about the journalist:

Piers Morgan: 5 Unknown Facts That Are Shockingly Good!
Piers Morgan delves into the lives of celebrities, royals and strange guests – despite giving us a glimpse into his own early life. So here are 5 most personal yet interesting things about Piers Morgan!

1. The Good Morning Britain presenter was just one-year-old when a fatal accident changed his family’s lives forever:
Piers Morgan’s family were turned upside down in the most devastating way possible when he was just a one-year-old.

Starting from humble beginnings, Piers experienced a devastating tragedy that hit his family when he was still a baby. His father, Eamonn Vincent O’Meara, tragically died in a road accident when he was just 11-months-old while his brother Jeremy was three.

2. Piers Morgan’s name should have been Piers O’Meara:
The world famous journalist has no memory of his Irish dentist father, but is extremely proud of his Irish roots. At the 2019 Irish Post Award last year, Piers shocked audiences when he spoke of his father’s ancestry in a rare moment.

Upon being asked how Irish he is, Piers replied: “Well my father was Eamonn Vincent O’Meara and he died when I was just one,” Piers explained. “He came from Galway and he had a sister who moved to Offaly, and a lot of cousins in Dublin. “So I feel very Irish.”

Piers’ mother, Gabrielle O’Meara, went on to become Glynne Pughe-Morgan – with the family deciding that Piers should take this new surname – Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan.

A young Piers was brought up in Sussex, the youngest of four children of a meat distribution executive. Piers’s name also comes from the brewery heir and racing driver Piers Courage.

Piers recently shared a lovely throwback picture of himself and daughter Elise with his youthful stepdad Glynne. The GMB presenter, who rarely gives a glimpse at his parents, captioned the snap: “Happy Birthday to my Dad, who looks younger than me every year.” Fans couldn’t believe how young Piers’ dad looks and many insisted they look more like brothers than father and son.

3. His fame only rocketed after being fired!
Piers was well known within the printing press, being the editor of tabloids such as The Sun, The News Of The World, and The Mirror. It was at the latter Piers became embroiled in a scandal relating to hoax photos of Iraqi soldiers that led to his dismissal.

He hasn’t looked back since however, being a well known face on shows such as Britain’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent, Piers Morgan Life Stories and most famously – Good Morning Britain.

4. His net worth is huge:
Morgan has an estimated net worth of £13million!

It’s reported he earns around £1.5million from hosting Good Morning Britain alone.

Writing 8 books, becoming a journalist of some of the countries largest tabloids, and presenting TV shows across the world apparently pays well! Piers is relishing having his finger in so many pies in his post-tabloid career, that he once boasted:

“There aren’t many people who one minute are judging piano-playing pigs with Simon Cowell and the next are appearing on Question Time.” Now we know what it takes to become one of the richest men in Britain!

5. He was the youngest ever editor and a Guinness World Record holder:
Piers paid his way by logging trees and bagging mushroom compost while studying journalism at Harlow College.

In lieu of his successful career on Fleet Street, the British presenter became the youngest editor of the News of the World at just 28 – giving him the name of “youngest national newspaper editor in more than half a century”.

He became well known for his dogged, forthright attitude, and showing no sympathy for the privacy of celebrities.

That being said, Morgan created a UK newspaper for young readers in 2006, First News.

The newspaper became a huge hit and by 2013 had over 68,500 readers in circulation.

The publication was even entered into the Guinness World Record after publishing a special edition “Worlds Smallest Newspaper”. This tabloid measured just 32mm by 22mm.

5 things we learned from Piers Morgan’s US TV interview

Piers Morgan claims to have the support of the British public despite garnering nearly 60,000 Ofcom complaints for his comments about Meghan Markle
Piers Morgan claims to have the support of the British public despite garnering nearly 60,000 Ofcom complaints for his comments about Meghan Markle

Piers Morgan has appeared in his first TV interview since his departure from Good Morning Britain to speak about his controversy relating to Meghan Markle

Appearing on Fox News in the US, Morgan spoke to American conservative TV host Tucker Carlson on his show and left “nothing in the locker” according to one of Morgan’s Tweets.

These are some of the key things that were revealed during the hour long interview with Tucker Carlson.

He stands by his comments about Meghan Markle
Morgan said that when he watched the Oprah interview that he thought he was witnessing “the most extraordinarily disingenuous smear hit job on the royal family, on the queen, on the monarchy, and, frankly, on Britain”.

He added: “Here we are a month later, Tucker, and frankly, I’ve had plenty of time to think about this, and I’ve had plenty of time to analyse all the analysis of what she was saying and what Prince Harry was saying, and I still don’t believe what they were saying.”

Morgan claimed that the backlash he received following his comments regarding Markle was because he “wasn’t allowed to have an opinion”.

He said: “I didn’t believe Meghan Markle, a huge furor erupted throughout the day, I was an outrage.

“I wasn’t allowed to have an opinion that I didn’t believe what she was saying even though it was clear to me in real time as I was watching the interview that there were a number of things which just couldn’t be true.”

He believes the royal family would’ve helped if Markle was suicidal
During Markle’s interview with Oprah, she revealed that a combination of negative press and a lack of support from the royal family had left her feeling suicidal.

Following the interview, Morgan cast doubts on her revelation, something which garnered a lot of backlash, including from mental health charity Mind.

Later, Morgan said that it wasn’t his place to say whether or not Markle had felt suicidal.

In the Tucker Carlson interview, Morgan said: “It’s not for me to say whether she felt suicidal, that’s only for her to know.

“What I was taking issue with, is she claims she went to two members of the royal household – a senior aide and also human resources.

“And she told both of them she was feeling suicidal, and needed help and both of them rejected that and said she couldn’t get help because it would be bad for the brand of the royal family.

“I just find it impossible to believe that you would have two people in the palace who would be that callous to a woman telling them she was suicidal.”

He thinks he has the backing of the British public
In the interview, Morgan said that he thinks he has the support of the British people following his exit from Good Morning Britain.

He said: “Old, young, black, white, it didn’t matter. They’ve been coming up to me in their droves all day every day.”

He claimed that people either agreed with his comments about Markle, or at least defended his right to free speech.

At the time of his Good Morning Britain controversy, his comments about Markle actually broke the record number of complaints made to TV regulator Ofcom.

Some 57,000 complaints were made after Morgan said he “didn’t believe” a word Markle had said.

He called the Alex Beresford confrontation a ‘premeditated attack’
Morgan’s exit from GMB occurred after he stormed off set following a confrontation with GMB weather presenter Alex Beresford.

At the time, Beresford called out Morgan’s “diabolical behaviour”, saying: “I’m sorry, but Piers spouts off on a regular basis and we all have to sit there and listen.

“Six-thirty to seven o’cock yesterday was incredibly hard to watch. Incredibly hard to watch… He has the ability to come in here and talk from a position where he doesn’t fully understand.”

Morgan stormed off the set after Beresford said: “I understand you’ve got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle, or had one and she cut you off.

“She’s entitled to cut you off if she wants to. Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don’t think she has, but yet you continue to trash her.”

Speaking to Carlson about Beresford, Morgan said that his former colleague is “the stand in weather guy who does the weather occasionally”.

He said: “He’s not a journalist. But he’s somebody I’ve helped with his career a number of times when he’s asked me to.”

Morgan accused Beresford of a “premeditated attack… on a personal level”.

He thinks Susanna Reid was too scared to say nice things about him
Morgan also addressed his former Good Morning Britain co-host Susanna Reid’s on-air statement regarding his departure from the show, saying that he “didn’t particularly like it”, but also suggested that Reid was “in the grip of fear”.

Morgan said: “I honestly think she was in the grip of fear. I think she was fearful that if she went too far in saying nice things about me, the same thing might happen to her, that there would be a huge Twitter pile on.”


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