Piers Morgan hints at TV comeback as he's backed by Dragon's Den pal Duncan Bannatyne after quitting GMBMarch 16, 2021
PIERS Morgan has hinted he may be making a comeback to to TV as his Dragon's Den pal Duncan Bannatyne backs his return.
The 55-year-old quit Good Morning Britain last week after clashing with weatherman Alex Beresford over Meghan Markle's mental health claims.
The TV host resigned when senior ITV executives said they wanted him to say sorry on air following 40,000 Ofcom complaints over his dismissal of the Duchess of Sussex's admissions on Oprah.
Piers told viewers “didn’t believe a word” of Meghan’s interview, in which she said she “didn’t want to be alive” after receiving heavy public scrutiny.
But it seems the broadcaster may be back on screens sooner than we thought, as Duncan, 72, voiced his support for the star.
"Good day Piers," Duncan wrote to Twitter. "I hope you are going to keep up your great work holding governments to account. Missing you on TV."
Piers wrote back alongside a thumbs up emoji: "Thanks Duncan, I appreciate that. I’ll definitely keep holding Govt to account, don’t worry."
It comes as TV bosses are thought to be engaged in a £10million bidding war for Piers after a flurry of job offers.
He has been publicly courted by both start-up news service GB News and news channels in America.
A TV source told the Mirror: “He has had millions of pounds worth of offers. He turned GMB into a ratings hit, it seems everything he touches turns to gold.
“People love his honesty, even the people that don’t like him, they can’t help but be interested in what he says.
“Some of the offers have hit the £10million mark, and it seems he may be able to land exactly what he wants.”
GB News boss Andrew Neil has also made no secret of wanting to bag Piers for his news network – even offering him a job on live TV.
He said ahead of its launch this month: "Any network worth its salt could find a role for a broadcaster of his calibre."
Meanwhile, the battle for his presenting spot alongside Susanna Reid is heating up – as Adil Ray is named at the new favourite.
Ben Shephard was previously the runaway favourite to take over from the 55-year-old host.
Now, the Citizen Khan star, 46, heads the betting at odds of 2-1.
A spokesperson for bookies Ladbrokes said: "Adil Ray is leading the way in the race to replace Piers on GMB.
"No less than five names are priced at 4/1 or shorter as things stand."
Ben, 46, is now in second spot at 5/2 with Ranvir Singh, 43, third favourite to bag the coveted job at 7/2.
Victoria Derbyshire has also been heavily tipped for the role.
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