Piers Morgan wishes 'great laugh' Holly Willoughby a happy 40th – but insists they're still a 'hateful' ITV family

PIERS Morgan has wished Holly Willoughby a happy 40th – but insists they're still a "hateful" ITV family.

The 55-year-old sent birthday wishes to the This Morning star as he praised her as a "great laugh" – despite his constant taunting.

He's often ranted about her on Good Morning Britain over her award wins with co-star Phillip Schofield as Piers went home empty-handed.

Proving he's only slightly bitter, Piers said today: "I want to wish a Happy 40th to Holly Willoughby. She'll be so glad I've mentioned her."

His co-host Susanna Reid celebrated: "Finally, you're in our sort of age band.

"Although I have just tipped over into the 50s so I'm out it."

Piers added: "Happy Birthday, Holls. She's a great laugh, I've got to say, for all my constant taunting.

"It's been slightly mitigated by the fact there are no awards' ceremonies at the moment.

"I haven't got put up with her and Phil Schofield talking about how we're one big happy ITV family.

"Yeah, you are but we're not when you win everything."

"We're seething with jealousy and resentment."

"I see you and Ant & Dec all trotting out to get your 150th award and we get snubbed yet again – we're not an ITV happy family.

"We're a very dysfunctional, hateful family at the end of the organisation."

Asking viewers to send in tributes to Holly, Piers asked: "Does life begin at 40? Is ageing a blessing?"

Mum-of-three Holly turns 40 today with a £20million fortune in the bank.

As she contemplated leaving her 30s, Holly told TV viewers she had become the “best version of myself”.

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