Piers Morgan confirms he’s reunited with former nemesis Jeremy Clarkson for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?… as he promises viewers won’t be disappointed with the unfolding drama
Piers Morgan has confirmed that he and former nemesis Jeremy Clarkson have reunited onscreen, after he taped an appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.
Good Morning Britain host Piers, 55, and Millionaire presenter Jeremy, 60, notably had a longstanding public feud after a punch-up at an awards ceremony in 2004.
And following weeks of speculation, Piers took to his Instagram account to confirm that he will appear on the ITV show’s Christmas special, as he promised viewers wouldn’t be disappointed with the unfolding drama.
Show: Piers Morgan, left, has confirmed that he and former nemesis Jeremy Clarkson, right, have reunited onscreen, after he taped an appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Sharing a snap of himself covering his face, above another image of him sitting in the studio with Jeremy, he wrote: ‘BREAKING: Yes, it happened.
‘I’ve appeared on Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, hosted by a man who once repeatedly punched me in the head. It airs on ITV on Boxing Day (appropriately) and it went… well…. let’s just say I don’t think the public will be disappointed.’
Last month, it was reported by The Sun that Piers had asked his GMB co-host Susanna Reid to be his phone-a-friend lifeline, as she is well-versed in history.
It was claimed Jeremy told Piers that if he didn’t reach £32,000 during his appearance on the show then he’d ‘never live it down’.
Confirmed: Piers took to his Instagram account to confirm that he will appear on the show’s Christmas special, as he promised viewers wouldn’t be disappointed with the unfolding drama
Punched: In his accompanying caption, the TV personality told his followers that Clarkson had ‘repeatedly punched [him] in the head# during their infamous awards show brawl
A source speaking to the publication claimed: ‘Morgan and Clarkson squaring off on prime-time will be telly platinum. Piers relying on Jeremy for an answer with Ask The Host will be hilarious viewing.
‘Piers has asked Susanna, a history buff, and Joan Collins, who has a wealth of general knowledge, to be Phone A Friends. But execs hope Donald [Trump] might also get a call.’
The pair have been at each other’s throats over the years, using any excuse to tear each other down on social media.
When Morgan was the editor of a tabloid newspaper he published pictures of Clarkson getting friendly with a female work colleague – after Clarkson had denied any wrongdoing.
Don’t know much about history: Last month, it was reported by The Sun that Piers had asked his GMB co-host Susanna Reid to be his phone-a-friend lifeline, as she is well-versed in history
Four years later, Clarkson punched Morgan three times in the head at British Press Awards in London, leaving the former with a broken finger and Piers with a scar on his forehead.
Jeremy famously teased Piers on Twitter and in a newspaper after his CNN show Piers Morgan Live was axed.
Recalling the insults thrown at him, Piers chuckled: ‘He called me a “ghastly little weasel”, a “friendless broken shell”, “genuinely awful”, and generously concluded: “Everyone hates him”.
However, the pair decided to lay their feud to rest over a drink at their local pub in Kensington, west London in 2014.
Describing their tense meet-up, Piers wrote in the Mail On Sunday: ‘For the first half an hour, it was excruciatingly awkward.
Drinks: Following several years of bad blood, the pair decided to lay their feud to rest over a drink at their local pub in Kensington, west London in 2014. Pictured together in 2003
‘When you’ve spent a decade publicly abusing, denigrating and brawling with someone, it’s quite hard to hit the STOP button and pretend like nothing’s happened.’
But the pair managed to salvage something of a friendship.
‘We’re never going to be best friends, obviously. Too much blood, literally, has been spilled’, Morgan concluded.
For his appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Morgan will be playing to raise funds for bereaved children’s military charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers was founded in 2010 by war widow Nikki Scott, a year after her husband, Corporal Lee Scott, was killed in action in Afghanistan.
Nikki saw the devastating impact on their two young children and wanted to help others in the same situation.
Piers’ brother, Jeremy, is a serving Army Colonel with four children, so Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a charity close to his heart.
Piers knows first-hand what it is like to lose a parent at a young age, as he was just a baby himself when his father tragically died. His mother re-married and Piers has a very close relationship with his stepfather, Glynne Pughe-Morgan.
Piers has previously shown his support for Scotty’s Little Soldiers and he recently talked highly of the charity on ITV’s GMB during an interview with Scotty’s founder Nikki Scott and her 12-year-old daughter Brooke, who was seven-months old when her father was killed whilst serving his country.
Longstanding feud: The pair had previously been at each other’s throats over the years, using any excuse to tear each other down on social media
Speaking of appearing on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? and selecting Scotty’s as his charity, Piers said: ‘I can’t think of a more deserving charity than Scotty’s.
‘One of my brothers is a serving army colonel with four daughters, so I know only too well the enormous stresses and strains put on military families when their loved ones are serving their country in combat, and the huge relief when they return safe and well
‘But sadly, some heroes do not come home and Scotty’s does wonderful work in helping families left bereaved. I just hope I don’t let them down, and raise as much money as possible!’
The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? special will air on Boxing Day at 9:30pm on ITV.
For a good cause: For his appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Morgan will be playing to raise funds for bereaved children’s military charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers
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