Chris Evans says Piers ‘was always going to run out of road’ on GMB as he addresses exit
GMB: Susanna Reid addresses Piers Morgan’s exit
When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters.Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer.Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights.You can unsubscribe at any time.
Chris Evans, 54, has said while he doesn’t agree with Piers Morgan’s broadcasting style, he thinks he’s “interesting” and insisted Good Morning Britain won’t be the same without him. The 55-year-old quit the ITV show following a clash with Alex Beresford, 40, over his comments about Meghan Markle, 39. The presenter received 41,000 Ofcom complaints for his remarks about the Duchess of Sussex following her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The GMB host said he didn’t believe a word Meghan said as she discussed her life in the Royal Family, alongside her husband Prince Harry.
Speaking on his Virgin Radio show today, Chris said: “We know for a fact Piers Morgan’s presence on GMB has turned that show around to a point where the BBC were really worried about it overtaking BBC Breakfast ratings, which hasn’t happened with an independent tele breakfast show for ages.”
Chris went on to recall a time Piers was on his show to promote his book, in an interview which lasted 40 minutes.
“Lots of people texted in after that to say, ‘Oh, that was a different side to Piers’.”
He added of his Good Morning Britain exit: “What does peak my interest is, he hasn’t apologised for something he specifically said on Monday, whether you think he should apologise for everything in his whole career, that’s up to you, your own opinion.
“What I am intrigued about is, was he offered the chance to go back on the air and apologise and stay on? I suspect he was, that would be the chain of the decision tree I would think may have taken place. I presume he chose not to.”
According to an ITV source, Piers was given the chance to apologise for his comments, but he refused to do so.
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative ITV for comment.
“And this brings me on to my next thought and it has been for a while,” Chris added.
“GMB and the way Piers broadcasted on what is a news show, it became a lot harder than it was because it changed style.
“It became more American, you look at that set, you watch it, I think they’ve copied this LA show [KTLA].
“They’re all sitting in the same positions, the weather person’s there, the sports person comes in, the showbiz person comes in.
“There’s a bloke on it who looks like Piers Morgan, he’s a showbiz guy, he’s called Sam [Rubin]!”
Gogglebox viewers shocked that star Giles Wood is from Stoke-on-Trent [REACTION]
‘Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on’ says Piers Morgan [REVEALED]
Simon Mayo hits out at BBC for ‘annoying’ listeners [LISTEN]
Chris added: “Piers for me, the way his broadcasting was always going to run out of road on GMB and it was just a question of time.
“I think he had to sign a new contact and I think that happened before he presumed it might.
“He’s got himself in the mix with this story – he’s on the front page!
“I don’t agree with the way Piers broadcasts a lot of the time, but I just think it’s an interesting story.”
Chris added Piers is “very welcome” to come onto his show to discuss his departure and what his plans are next.
The Good Morning Britain star broke his silence on Twitter following his exit yesterday.
In view of his 7.8 million followers, he wrote: “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.”
Source: Read Full Article