Lorraine Kelly argues Piers Morgan hasn’t been ‘cancelled’ as couple clashes cancel culture debate

Lorraine Kelly tried to prove to Piers Morgan that he was not “cancelled” when he appeared on her chat show on Thursday.

The former Good Morning Britain presenter returned to ITV for the first time since his infamous departure from the channel’s breakfast show last year to promote his new talk TV series Piers Morgan Uncensored.

In March 2021, Piers left GMB after questioning Meghan Markle’s claims that she had suicidal thoughts during her time as senior royal.

He later revealed that ITV bosses had asked him to apologize for his comments or leave GMB, with Piers choosing to stick with his words and leave the show.

Piers has since landed a show on the new station’s talkTV, which he says will focus on “cancelling the culture of cancellation,” forcing him to quit his previous job.

While Piers sat down with Lorraine to discuss his new venture, the host tried to explain that his new role was proof that he hadn’t been “cancelled.”

‘But you haven’t been cancelled! That’s it,’ she insisted. People say you’re cancelled, but there’s a huge show coming up.”

Lorraine Kelly and Piers Morgan
Lorraine Kelly and Piers Morgan

Piers replied: “Lorraine, I do and I’m excited and excited about it, but I got canceled from Good Morning Britain because I didn’t want to leave and I was told ‘You have to apologize or leave’ – that’s what cancel culture is.” .

“Sharon Osbourne was kicked out of her show simply because she said I was entitled to an opinion, and I just think society needs to get a handle on this.”

He continued: ‘You and I have discussed so many things over the years, and yet we have remained good friends, faithful friends, we help each other, we have fun together. But I’ve always respected that you’re right when you vehemently disagree with me on matters.

“I respect your opinion, but we should be allowed to have different opinions and this awake crowd has decided that only your opinion can be tolerated, and if you deviate even one iota from it, you will have to be destroyed. They are not liberal, they are a new form of fascists and I will not let them get away with it.”

Later in the exchange, Lorraine jokingly asked how long Piers thought it would be before he “got the elbow” from talkTV, adding, “Because you got fired from every job.”

He replied: “My record is about five years, normally it’s five years and then, ‘Piers, here’s a huge check, lay down on the beach for a few months.’ I recommend it, honestly! I’ve had people pay me to do nothing for almost two years, it’s fantastic!”

Piers then said he didn’t miss the early starts it took to host GMB, but he had “a great time” hosting the show.

“I don’t want to give the wrong impression,” he said. “I had a great time at ITV, working here for many years on Life Stories and other shows, especially Good Morning Britain. I loved working with Susanna [Reid]†

Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid pictured on his last day as presenters on GMB
Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid pictured on his last day as presenters on GMB

Lorraine insisted Piers’ departure was “his fault” as he walked out during a fiery debate over his comments about Meghan Markle with weather host Alex Beresford.

“No, it wasn’t. I didn’t run away…” Piers replied. “I went back that day. I had a moment of time out because I wasn’t sure how I would react by staying there listening to that idiot who valued me his two cents. So I walked back in and finished that show.”

As the couple’s good-humoured interview drew to a close, Lorraine told Piers he could “waddle away now,” to which he jokingly yelled, “I’m storming away,” re-doing his infamous GMB walk.

“He can’t help it,” Lorraine said.

Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.

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