Piers Morgan’s ‘denounce the idiots’ plea to Jeremy Clarkson before GMB row

GMB: Piers Morgan jokes about 'quitting live on air' in 2018

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Speculation continues to grow about the future of Piers after he stormed off GMB over remarks related to Meghan Markle earlier this month. Since then, the star was claimed to be at the centre of a £10million bidding war between Rupert Murdoch’s media empire and GB News. Piers, who is yet to reveal his next move, recently explained the reason behind his decision to quit in a new column.

He claimed his former foe Jeremy, who he had clashed with since the Nineties, made positive remarks about his decision to leave.

Jeremy and the star had a decade-long feud over coverage he received in the newspapers Piers edited.

During their spat, it claimed the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host “poured the contents of his champagne glass into Piers’ lap” during Concorde’s final voyage in 2003.

A year later at the British Press Awards, Jeremy struck the star three times in the head in a “drunken rage”.

The pair, who ended their “10 years of war” over a boozy pub session that left them “blind drunk” in 2014, have regularly recounted their spats on TV.

Most recently, their former feud reemerged ahead of their faceoff in a Boxing Day Special of Millionaire last year.

The stars have now put their differences aside and, after Piers quit GMB, Jeremy sprang to his defence.

In a text sent to his “old foe” Piers, he wrote: “I am completely on your side.”

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Prior to the supportive message, the ITV star admitted feeling like the “flames” were “raging uncontrollably towards me”.

In his column for the Mail on Sunday, Piers explained that he was initially dismissive of the growing backlash to his comments about Meghan on GMB.

Before he walked off the show earlier this month, he told viewers: “I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she says.”

Piers’ remark related to Meghan and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, where she – among other things – claimed to have struggled with her mental health.

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Jeremy’s support of his former ‘frenemy’ Piers, comes in contrast to how the star behaved in a similar situation six years ago.

When Jeremy was sacked from Top Gear in 2015, the former-GMB star sought to deliver a few home-truths. 

Jeremy left the BBC show after a fracas with a “loyal Top Gear producer” – prior to then, he had been a part of the programme for around 27 years.

Shortly after the news broke, Piers wrote a Daily Mail column where he claimed to know the “10 things you can do to put your life back together”.

He signed off the headline for the piece, “love Piers Morgan” in a cheeky swipe that referenced his feud with Jeremy.

Piers admitted he was “sorry” to hear the star was sacked and added: “No, really, strangely, I actually am.” 

However, he explained Jeremy “didn’t give the BBC much choice” and branded his attack as “pathetic weakness”.

Piers claimed Jeremy had been “very fragile, both emotionally and physically” in the year before the Top Gear fallout due to a number of difficulties in his personal life.

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Piers revealed Jeremy had “made no secret” of how he “loathed… some of the BBC hierarchy” but felt he should have behaved differently. 

He admitted he was “worried” Jeremy’s “fuse might blow at some stage” due to the pressure he was under and the problems he faced.

When Piers “woke up one morning” to discover the star had “erupted”, he said it was “really no great surprise”.

Piers joked that Jeremy should have “just whacked ME in the head again” and instead, would have found “the nation… rising as one to applaud you”.

He continued: “I suspect an OBE might have been in the offing, possibly even an open-top bus, ticker-tape parade of London.”

Piers sniped that Jeremy exhibited “such pathetic weakness” when he punched him that it didn’t “actually constitute a punch”.

He called-on the former-Top Gear star to “denounce the idiots” abusing the producer involved on Twitter to appear like the bigger man.

Piers advised Jeremy to take a holiday, avoid accepting jobs for a while, get into better shape and carry out normal tasks “like sending a letter”.

He suggested it would be unwise to “slag off your former bosses” and instead one-up them by “landing even bigger, better jobs”.

Piers also listed ideas such as spending time with family, ignoring verbal abuse on the street and watching his “beloved” football team Chelsea to allow himself to heal.

In a final blow, he wrote: “Don’t even think about launching a new career in America. Your teeth will never work over here!”

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