Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan, 55, waved goodbye to the ITV studios last week as he and co-host Susanna Reid headed off on their well-deserved two-month holiday before they return in September. And it’s been quite the whirlwind year.
Perhaps one of the busiest they’ve ever had.
As the threat of coronavirus forced the UK government to lockdown the nation back in March, news outlets nationally and internationally have had their work cut out.
Additionally, the Black Lives Matter protests also took centre stage after the merciless killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers in America in May, which saw an increase in “hate” both presenters received for talking about the important issue of race and discrimination.
And for Piers and Susanna, it’s been something of a torment as government ministers began to boycott the flagship morning news show to talk about anything going on in 2020.
Amid this year’s craziness, Piers has reached new heights of popularity – good and bad – among viewers for wanting to hold the government to account for their “mistakes” throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The outspoken host believes it’s because ministers are “too scared” to face him, something Susanna wanted to reassure them she manages to do everyday.
While they currently don’t have the opportunity for a one-on-one interview with MPs about the crisis that’s killed 44,830 and infected 290,000 people, Piers has lashed out at them on numerous occasions for their “cowardice” at a time where the public needs them.
He hit out at Heath Secretary Matt Hancock, who has appeared on BBC Breakfast, Sky and various radio shows to address questions about the government’s handling of the pandemic, for refusing to apologise for getting things wrong at first.
“When informed during an interview with the Daily Mail that I had branded him a ‘pathetic, pious, hapless, hypocritical, bossy school prefect’, Hancock reportedly roared with laughter and replied: ‘I can’t deny the last.’”
And that he did, but he also admitted there are things he wished he had done differently, such as banning loved ones from attending relatives’ funerals.
While Piers is eager to get his teeth into an interview with the health secretary, he’s been at loggerheads with his presenting rivals for not asking him and other ministers alike, the “tough” questions the nation wants answers to.