Piers Morgan has slammed Government ministers who he has accused of ‘snubbing’ Kate Garraway in their apparent boycott of Good Morning Britain.
The broadcaster has repeatedly called out the Government during the pandemic for not appearing on the ITV breakfast show to answer questions, however he’s now urged MPs to at least be interviewed by his co-star Kate, whose husband Derek Draper has been hospitalised since March following his battle with coronavirus.
He told the Daily Mirror the MPs’ attitude constitutes a ‘shameful snub’, with ministers having declined to appear on the show for 200 days now.
The host said: ‘OK, don’t come on when I am on. But to not come on when Kate is presenting. Really? You are going to snub someone whose husband is in a coma from Covid. It’s shameful.’
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GMB co-host Susanna Reid insisted the Government at least owed it to Kate to let a minister appear on the show when she is presenting.
She added: ‘If there is one member of the team to whom they owe a particular duty to explain policy and answer questions, it would be Kate. It’s shocking that they haven’t done that.’
Piers went on to dub the Government ‘gutless little weasels’ and claimed they are trying to avoid ‘ferocious fires’ in the form of tough questioning on the programme.
He said: ‘The Government’s handling of the pandemic has been woeful and cost thousands of unnecessary deaths, and they should have their feet held to the fire.
‘But they have managed to get to a position where they don’t expose themselves to any ferocious fires any more. It’s very nice for them but in my view they are just a bunch of gutless little weasels.’
The journalist has been praised by many for continuing to call out the Government during the coronavirus pandemic, and shrugged off backlash after Ofcom decided not to investigate complaints about previous interviews with ministers Matt Hancock and Helen Whately.
He explained: ‘What Ofcom did about our awful haranguing of these poor little ministers … it was a very important moment for the TV regulator.
‘They could easily have rolled over in the face of public opinion. I am sorry about those interviews – I am sorry I didn’t go harder.’
Kate’s husband Derek remains in hospital, however the journalist shared a win after the author mouthed his first word since emerging from a coma.
She said recently: ‘Way back in April when we chatted for the first time and I said he seems to have survived thus far but I’m praying for a miracle…
‘This could be it but I’m still trying to keep myself in check.
‘Every time they said let us know if you can feel any pain and he very clearly mouthed the word “pain”. There wasn’t a tone but a whisper.’
She continued: ‘Later I was watching and I saw him mouth it again.
‘It is a breakthrough but it is heartbreaking because it means he’s in pain which we don’t want.’
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