Dan Walker, 43, has opened up about his feud with Good Morning Britain’s former host Piers Morgan, 55, in a new interview, and while he doesn’t agree with his controversial methods, he does believes Piers’ heart is in the right place. It comes after he dramatically quit the ITV flagship show earlier this month over his comments on Meghan Markle, which sparked more than 51,000 Ofcom complaints.
Looking back at his shocking exit, Dan admitted he thinks there’s “a decent bloke fighting to get out” of him.
“Piers and I have had a friendly rivalry, but it has been good for BBC Breakfast and GMB,” Dan explained.
“He likes to throw a few insults around, but underneath all the froth I think there is a decent bloke fighting to get out.”
Some may find the “friendly” description as surprising, as Piers once referred to his BBC rival as the “dullest, most excruciatingly virtue-signalling, tediously opinion-devoid, toe-curlingly snivelling sycophant on TV”, after he criticised him over “picking” on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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Piers then cheekily retweeted the post and commented: “Very happy to help him grow a pair.”
But Dan admits he feels “privileged” that he gets the chance to put forward viewer’s questions to prolific ministers, especially during the GMB boycott.
“We [BBC Breakfast] have had politicians such as Matt Hancock on most weeks during the pandemic,” he said.
He went on to tell The Times: “I try to get the balance right with those interviews.