BBC Breakfast viewers slam childish Piers Morgan swipe in NTAs segment

BBC Breakfast viewers slam childish Piers Morgan swipe in NTAs segment


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BBC Breakfast viewers were left fuming on Thursday morning, as they spotted a subtle swipe at former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan.

Co-hosts Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty were chatting on the red sofa to TV critic Scott Bryan about the upcoming National Television Awards, with Ant and Dec up for their 20th Best Presenter award.

An incredulous Charlie began the conversation by exclaiming: "19 years?!"

Scott cheerily responded: "You'd be wondering where to put your 20th award! I mean, just having a few is enough, but the shelf would completely give way if you had 20 awards!"

He went on to discuss those competing with Ant and Dec for the coveted trophy.

"They're up against Alison Hammond, the guy who walked off the sofa on your rival, Holly Willoughby as well – so I'd say it's a foregone conclusion about who's going to win that category," Scott explained.

Naga responded: "Well, it's voters – it's a public vote, isn't it?"

Scott agreed: "It is, it's the only one that's voted by the public."

But eagle-eyed fans were quick to spot the subtle swipe at Piers sandwiched between Alison and Holly.

Turning to Twitter, viewers were quick to slam the 'childish' comment, with one penning: "How childish can BBC Breakfast get… Talking about the NTAs, they just referred to @PiersMorgan as 'the guy who walked off a rival'! Swiftly turned over!"

Someone else echoed: "To the guy on @BBCBreakfast speaking about the NTAs who just referred to him as 'the guy who walked off the sofa at one of your rivals' I SEE YOU!"

It comes after Piers famously stormed off-set live on air on GMB back in March, after a row with weather presenter Alex Beresford about Meghan Markle's explosive Oprah interview.

Piers' final appearance on Good Morning Britain managed to beat rival BBC Breakfast in ratings for the very first time, watched by 1.29million people compared to BBC Breakfast's 1.25million back in March.

Piers is also up for the Best Presenter award at the NTAs – and has already attracted plenty of jokes from his former colleagues.

Speaking in August, presenter Charlotte Hawkins said: "We should also give a mention to Piers Morgan, who’s been nominated as well."

But Daily Mirror associate editor Kevin Maguire soon joked: "Who was he? It rings a bell, the name. Who is that?"

Fellow guest Amanda Platell added: "Is that some guy who used to work here?"

Kate Garraway soon joined in with her own story about Piers, as she said: "I remember when Good Morning Britain was nominated, it must have been two years ago… and he didn’t win and he was very cross. So we’ll see if he comes this time and see if he wins."

Dr Hilary Jones laughed: "It’d be ironic if he wins it when he’s off-air!"

  • Good Morning Britain
  • Piers Morgan
  • BBC Breakfast

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