Piers Morgan has always been a divisive figure on Good Morning Britain – but after his latest interviews around coronavirus, it seems they’re more split than ever.
In fact, more than 54,000 people have signed a petition to get the presenter sacked from his position on GMB as a result of his latest tirades.
However, there’s now a counter-petition that has amassed more than 58,000 signatures, saying that his ‘common sense approach to life’ is needed on TV.
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The 55-year-old news anchor is a regular feature alongside Susanna Reid on the popular morning show, and hasn’t been shy in getting into spats with their guests or to voice his opinion on news stories of the day.
His often fiery interview technique has supposedly resulted in ministers boycotting the show rather than talk to him.
This follows a number of rows with MPs over their handling of the coronavirus crisis, starting with Piers demanding answers from care minister Helen Whately, attracting thousands of complaints in the process.
During this week’s interviews, Ann Widdecombe was heard shh-ing him during a chat for talking over her, while in another segment he launched a tirade at Andrew Bridgen after he commented on Piers’s ‘diatribe against Boris Johnson’.
On the petition to get him fired, the petition launcher said that Piers was one of ‘our country’s most heinous public figures’.
Speaking on previous controversies including his refusal to accept non-binary people’s preferred pronouns and statuses, they added that ‘Piers was regularly berating and mocking those who do not identify in a way he is willing to comprehend’.
Before the coronavirus outbreak, Piers angered the LGBT community by mocking them and declaring that he wanted to be identified as a penguin, getting a record number of complaints as a result.
He was later cleared by Ofcom for the comments.
His supporters have stated that he’s ‘not afraid to speak out and says what a lot of us are thinking’ in their petition, adding that ‘challenging people for answers’ is one of the reasons to keep him on.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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