Piers Morgan: ‘Ridiculous decision’ Good Morning Britain host slams BBC for axing show

Piers Morgan, 54, appeared on the last episode of BBC’s This Week last night, after it was announced Andrew Neil had decided to step down.

The Good Morning Britain host said he was going to send the presenter off “in style” as he voiced his opinions in the final instalment, following 16 years on air.

Those watching enjoyed Piers debate on key issues in a different format away from the ITV show, with one person tweeting him: “Enjoying @piersmorgan on #bbctw. Seems this format suits him quite well.

“Another reason it’s incredibly annoying it’s ending! Don’t get me wrong, Ive disagreed with views often over the years, but I absolutely love the show and @afneil better remain at the heart of BBC Politics.”

Piers wrote back: “Thanks, and I totally agree – ridiculous decision by the BBC.”

Before arriving at the studio, the father-of-four said it seemed “extraordinary” the show will no longer be aired.

Alongside a picture of him and Andrew Neil, Piers wrote on Twitter: “On my way to take part in the great ⁦@afneil’s final ⁦⁦@bbcthisweek show.”

He said: “Seems extraordinary to me that it’s coming off air after 16yrs when the host is at the peak of his political analyst/interviewer powers.

“But anyway, we’ll send him off in style.”

Neil has fronted the show since it began in 2003 and regular guests included former Conservative MP Michael Portillo and shadow home secretary Diane Abbott.

The BBC decided to axe the programme following Andrew’s decision to leave earlier this year.

In a statement, Fran Unsworth, BBC Director of News, said in February: “We couldn’t imagine This Week without the inimitable Andrew Neil, one of Britain’s best political interviewers.

“After 16 years, Andrew is bowing out of late-night presenting on the show, at the top of his game.

“We want to keep Andrew at the heart of the BBC’s political coverage.”

They concluded: “He continues to present Politics Live on Thursdays and we look forward to developing future projects with him.”

Elsewhere, Piers enjoyed the annual summer ITV party on Wednesday night and shared an image to his Instagram page, which didn’t go down well with his wife, Celia Walden.

The controversial host uploaded a picture of himself in between this year’s Love Island 2019 star, Lucie Donlan, and Hanna Miraftab from Real Housewives of Cheshire.

He captioned the photo: “The ITV summer party kicking off nicely… @hannamiraftab @lucierosedonlan #Bev.”

Piers’ wife, Celia Walden, certainly had something to say about the cosy photo with the reality stars, and light-heartedly wrote: “Right. That’s it. Getting the pool boy back in.”

Piers has long been a critic of Love Island and regularly hits out at them for having “no brain-cells”.

source: express.co.uk