“He’s chosen an easy ride over tough questioning,” Piers fumed on Twitter. “Very unlike Mr Hancock who normally has the balls to defend his decisions. He’s obviously now lost them.”
Addressing Hancock directly, Piers added: “Do you think it is right for the Health Secretary to boycott a major UK breakfast TV news show during the biggest health crisis for 100 years?
“Why are @GMB viewers not worthy of your time & vital information which might save their lives?”
Piers continued his tirade against Hancock on the air, noting: “Matt Hancock feels that Good Morning Britain viewers, millions of you, you are not worthy of the health secretary’s potentially live-saving information, guidance, clarifications this morning.
“He’s going to go on every other show, so their listeners and viewers will have that information during the biggest health emergency this country has faced in my lifetime – for 100 years, actually. And I think it’s shameful. I think it’s completely wrong.”
During lockdown, Piers and co-host Susanna Reid have won praise for their interviews with government officials about the coronavirus crisis, with many singling out the way they have held powerful people to account during the pandemic.
However, last week Piers was left seething over an apparent ban on ministers appearing on future episodes of GMB.
“The UK Govt has banned any ministers from appearing on [Good Morning Britain] after a series of them made complete fools of themselves in the face of basic & important questions,” he claimed on Twitter. “This is a pathetic & cowardly response to THEIR shameful incompetence.”
HuffPost UK contacted 10 Downing Street for comment last week, but did not receive a response.