Piers Morgan would be 'huge' GB News asset says Andrew Neil
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Piers Morgan left everyone gobsmacked earlier this week when he decided to quit his role as regular presenter of the ITV morning news show Good Morning Britain after being challenged in his comments on Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah and receiving a record-breaking number of Ofcom complaints. Now, as Piers is up for grabs, offers are flying in from every corner and racking up to the millions.
Piers Morgan is reportedly at the centre of a £10million bidding war for his services between News UK and GB News.
A source told the Mirror: “People love his honesty, even the people that don’t like him, they can’t help but be interested in what he says.
“He has had millions of pounds worth of offers. He turned GMB into a ratings hit, it seems everything he touches turns to gold.
“Some of the offers have hit the £10million mark, and it seems he may be able to land exactly what he wants.”
The 55-year-old used to earn an estimated £3 milllon a year with ITV.
Amongst the broadcasters currently clammering to secure his signature is Rupert Murdoch.
The opinionated journalist could become the face of his upcoming channel News UK TV.
Alternatively, Murdoch could want Piers to head back to the United States and helm his equally controversial Fox News.
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Piers is no stranger to working overseas since he fronted his own show on CNN for three years.
GB News, another new TV channel looking to launch soon, and its chairman Andrew Neil also offered Piers a job live on TV.
Piers would no doubt be a rating winner for whichever channel or show he will decide to head to.
Music mogul Simon Cowell also seemed interested in signing Piers since the journalist previously appeared on Britain’s Got Talent and is sure to draw in viewers ad a TV judge.
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Piers quit Good Morning Britain earlier this week after storming off the set when challenged by Alex Beresford on his “trashing” of Meghan Markle.
He said he “did not believe a word” of what Meghan said in her interview with Oprah, where she spoke about feeling suicidal among many other bombshell allegations.
ITV announced Piers’ decision on Tuesday after Ofcom announced it was investigating his comments after receiving 41,000 complaints about Monday’s show.
On Wednesday, Piers took to Twitter to say: “On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t.
“If you did, OK. Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on. Thanks for all the love, and hate. I’m off to spend more time with my opinions.”
Piers attached a picture of Winston Churchill to his tweet, with the caption: “Some people’s idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.”
In its statement, ITV said: “Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain. ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”
Also on Tuesday, ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall said she “completely believed what [the duchess] says”, adding that ITV is “totally committed to” mental health.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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