Dan Walker Taunts Rival Piers Morgan With An Invite To Talk On BBC Breakfast

The two daytime stars have held a long-standing rivalry since Piers joined Good Morning Britain in 2015.

Dan Walker has invited his long-time rival Piers Morgan to appear on BBC Breakfast following his sudden departure from Good Morning Britain.

ITV confirmed on Tuesday that Piers had left his three-days-a-week co-hosting role on their flagship breakfast show.

Over the years, Dan and Piers have traded insults on social media multiple times, mostly in relation to viewing figures for their respective daytime TV shows.

Dan Walker
Dan Walker
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Reacting to the news shortly afterwards, Dan tweeted: “Sorry to hear the news about your departure from GMB @piersmorgan.

“If you’d like to come on the UK’s number 1 breakfast show to talk about it... we could make some space for you in the morning.”

After Wednesday morning’s edition of BBC Breakfast, Dan made a less-than-subtle reference to the matter once again when he tweeted: “To all the shouty, sweary people telling me I’m nothing like you know who... thank you.

“If you want a programme happy to exploit issues like mental health to create controversy, division & clicks I’m delighted to say... you’re in the wrong place. Have a wonderful Wednesday.”

ITV had faced widespread calls to axe Piers after he cast doubt on Meghan Markle’s revelation during her recent interview with Oprah Winfrey that she had experienced suicidal thoughts.

Tuesday’s episode of the ITV daytime show saw Piers storming off after weather presenter Alex Beresford called him out for his treatment of the Duchess of Sussex.

Poking fun at the incident shortly afterwards, Dan shared a photo of himself on set, commenting: “This was taken a few seconds before I stormed off set because Carol said it was going to be chilly this weekend.”

Obviously, it didn’t take long for Piers to respond, yet again bringing up BBC Breakfast’s ratings, firing back: “I’m surprised BBC bosses didn’t storm in and drag you off set after yesterday’s ratings came in.”

“Congratulations on your ratings. Ours were good too,” Dan soon wrote back.

“In other news... I hope my boss would have dragged me off set if I’d used my platform - on national TV - to tell a pregnant woman, speaking openly about suicidal thoughts, that I didn’t believe a word she said.”

Sharing an image of Winston Churchill and a quote about free speech on Twitter, the presenter reiterated that despite having time to “reflect” he still did not believe Meghan, insisting “freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on”.

Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan
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His latest tweet came after TV watchdog Ofcom confirmed it had launched an investigation into his comments about Meghan on GMB, having received over 41,000 complaints about Monday’s episode.

It said it would be probing the show under its harm and offence rules.

Piers had previously been criticised by mental health charity Mind, who work with ITV on its Britain Get Talking initiative.

“We were disappointed and concerned to see Piers Morgan’s comments on not believing Meghan’s experiences about suicidal thoughts,” it said in a statement.

In a statement confirming Piers’ exit, ITV said: “Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain.

“ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”

Good Morning Britain airs every weekday from 6am on ITV.