Piers Morgan

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(Television presenter, Writer, Journalist, Talk show host, Columnist)
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BornPiers Stefan O'Meara
30 March 1965
Newick, Sussex, England
Alma materHarlow College
Parents • Vincent Eamonn O'Meara
• Gabrielle Georgina Sybille (née Oliver)
Children • Spencer
• Stanley
• Albert
• Elise
SpouseMarion Shalloe
Victim ofCancel culture
Well known British journalist and TV personality.

Piers Morgan is a British journalist and television personality currently working as the US editor-at-large for Mail Online and in the UK presenting Piers Morgan's Life Stories (2009–present) and Good Morning Britain (20152021).[1]


In 2020, having been one of the greatest promoters of increasingly harder lockdown measures, calling people who didn't follow the government imposed rules for "covidiots" and stating "“It’s time to suck it up and make some sacrifices. Your elderly loved ones are worth more than any football match, movie trip, restaurant meal or skiing holiday."[2], he was caught flying to the Caribbean island of Antigua for a luxury Christmas holiday[3].

This follows a string of other prominent lockdown promoters (Neil Ferguson) being caught in similar situations, illustrating how serious they take their own rhetoric.

Tweet from November 2020, about when he would have booked the holiday[4]

After Henry Wales (Prince Harry) commented that the COVID-19 Pandemic in the US was "better than we are led to believe through ­certain corners of the media", Morgan tweeted that "Prince Harry, from his Hollywood mansion, accusing the media of exaggerating the scale of this crisis in Britain is contemptible."[5]

A picture of Piers Morgan and Ghislaine Maxwell that was posted on Twitter.[6]


Piers Morgan began his career in Fleet Street as a writer and editor for several British tabloids, including The Sun, News of the World and the Daily Mirror. In 1994, aged 29, he was appointed editor of the News of the World by Rupert Murdoch, which made him the youngest editor of a national UK newspaper in more than half a century. In 1995 Morgan left to become editor of the Daily Mirror where he spent eight years. He was fired in May 2004 following publication of images – apparently showing abuse of Iraqi prisoners by British troops – that were later admitted to have been faked.[7]

Morgan is the editorial director of First News, a national newspaper for children published in the UK.

"Utterly unpersuasive"

In November 2012, Piers Morgan was heavily criticised in the official findings of the Leveson Inquiry, when Lord Leveson stated that comments made in Morgan's testimony about phone hacking were "utterly unpersuasive" and "clearly prove ... that he was aware that it was taking place in the press as a whole and that he was sufficiently unembarrassed by what was criminal behaviour that he was prepared to joke about it".[8]

TV personality

Piers Morgan was the winner of the US celebrity version of The Apprentice in 2008, vying for the title of Donald Trump's "Best Business Brain". He was eventually the overall winner, being named Celebrity Apprentice on 27 March, ahead of fellow finalist, American country music star Trace Adkins and having raised substantially more cash than all the other contestants combined.[9][10]


He began hosting Piers Morgan Live on CNN on 17 January 2011 replacing Larry King Live in the 9:00 pm timeslot following Larry King's retirement.[11] Piers Morgan Live was cancelled by CNN in February 2014 and aired its final broadcast on 28 March 2014.[12] Morgan is a former judge on America's Got Talent and Britain's Got Talent.[13]

He was fired by ITV in 2021.