Piers Morgan, 55, has claimed that ministers have been banned from appearing on ITV’s Good Morning Britain after a series of car crash interviews. The co-host has explained car crash interviews including the one with care minister Helen Whately are the reason behind the alleged ban. The care minister struggled to answer his questions in repeated interviews and hasn’t appeared on the show since.
Speaking to talkRADIO, Mr Morgan said: “We’re now banned again and my crime was simply to ask people like the care minister how many people had died in care homes and how many care workers had died.
“She had no idea and gave completely wrong answers.
“I find that irritating, scandalous and alarming to everyone who has died in a care home as a worker and a resident.”
The ITV star has been criticised by some viewers for overstepping in interviews.
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Helen Whately received harsh questioning while appearing on the show
Mr Morgan also wrote on Twitter: “The UK Govt has banned any ministers from appearing on GMB after a series of them made complete fools of themselves in the face of basic and important questions.
“This is a pathetic and cowardly response to THEIR shameful incompetence.”
Ofcom has received thousands of complaints over his interview style with some suggesting he ‘bullied’ Ms Whately.
Mr Morgan was accused of “bullying” her when he insisted she answered why so many elderly residents in care homes were not being tested for coronavirus.
Piers Morgan question the care minister on statistic and corrected her repeatedly
He also repeatedly corrected Ms Whately’s figures on the number of NHS staff who have died from the coronavirus.
The interview went on to receive more than 2,000 complaints to Ofcom.
The Tory MP appeared on the show a week later which resulted in more complaints to Ofcom as Mr Morgan grilled her.
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Despite the complaints, Ofcom said Mr Morgan would not be investigated.
The watchdog said that Morgan is “well known for his combative interviewing style” and “his guests were given adequate opportunity to put their points across and counter the presenter’s criticisms”.
The statement continued: “In Ofcom’s view, in line with freedom of expression, it is clearly in the public interest that broadcasters are able to hold those making political decisions to account, particularly during a major national crisis, such as the coronavirus pandemic.”
Downing Street has been approached for a comment.