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TV storm The Piers Morgan show will be back far sooner than his critics would like

Morgan is already planning his TV comeback and one platform looks set to be perfect for his brand


Piers Morgan quit the show after a complaint by Meghan (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Piers Morgan quit the show after a complaint by Meghan (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Piers Morgan quit the show after a complaint by Meghan (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Brash, arrogant, obnoxious and crude.

They are among the galaxy of words that have been used to describe Piers Morgan during his time as a brash and boastful host of Good Morning Britain and, in truth, he wouldn't want it any other way.

Love him or hate him, Morgan is one of the most captivating television personalities of his time, with his aggressive interviewing style and eagerness to push the boundaries of the increasingly all pervasive 'wokeness' to breaking point.

Here is a character who doesn't want to follow the rules set up by a PC brigade he constantly riles against and a while those who seek to be offended view Morgan as their antichrist figure, the truth is he speaks a truth many would support.

That explains why Good Morning Britain has lapped up huge TV ratings during his Monday to Wednesday appearances over the last five years and equally highlights why his exit from the show in such explosion fashion has created such a stir.

Morgan's reign as the king of breakfast TV in the UK was always likely to end in a blaze of acrimony, with the identity of the woman who finally forced him to fall on his sword no surprise given his endless snipes at Meghan Markle and all she stands for.

The root of this war dates back to a meeting between Morgan and Markle back in 2015, when exchanges on Twitter between the pair ended with a meeting in Piers' favourite pub, in what appeared to be the start of an unlikely friendship.

"At this point, I was indeed labouring under the massive misapprehension that we were friends. I was wrong," wrote Piers in his Daily Mail column in 2018, by which point he was already the most outspoken critic of the woman who was about to marry Prince Harry.

His vitriolic loathing of all things Meghan became more poisonous when it became clear she and Harry had declared war on the tabloid press, winning a high profile legal case against the Mail on Sunday that sent shockwaves through the media in the UK.

As a passionate defender of freedom of speech, Mail columnist Morgan simply couldn't contain his anger as weatherman Alex Beresford criticised his Meghan-bashing was too much to take as he stormed off air on Tuesday morning's show, with the showman who revels in his own limelight never likely to buckle when he was told he needed to apologise to keep his job.

"If I have to fall on my sword for expressing an honestly held opinion about Meghan Markle and that diatribe of bilge that she came out with in that interview, so be it," he declared on the doorstep of his London home on Wednesday morning, after it emerged Meghan Markle herself had made a complaint to ITV about Morgan's comments on Tuesday's show.

"I believe in freedom of speech, I believe in the right to be allowed to have an opinion. If people want to believe Meghan Markle, that's entirely their right.

"I don't believe almost anything that comes out of her mouth and I think the damage she's done to the British monarchy and to the Queen at a time when Prince Philip is lying in hospital is enormous and frankly contemptible.

"I think it's fair to say, although the woke crowd will think that they've cancelled me, I think they will be rather disappointed when I re-emerge."

That final comment will come back to haunt those celebrating Morgan's demise now as with a huge following of almost eight million on Twitter and a 'fan base' enhanced by his bullish eagerness to expose flaws in the UK government's handling of the Covid-19 crisis, this former Daily Mirror editor will be back and back sooner than many might expect.

'Woke-TV' was never likely to provide a long-term home for a firebrand like Morgan for long and, in truth, this wealthy star may well have done all he can with the GMB model.

Yet a soon-to-be launched network likely to promote freedom to express views others shy away from appears to be made for a star who will not be away from our screens for long.

The GB News channel set to launch the UK later this year will shake up the TV industry in the UK in a big way, with the right-leading broadcaster set to offer more freedom to those who have opinions than most traditional platforms now allow.

So expect the Piers Morgan show will be back far sooner than his critics would like and next time, he won't be asked to apologise for expressing views that offend the easily offended.

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