- BBC’s “Breakfast” host Dan Walker said there is a “decent bloke fighting to get out” in Piers Morgan.
- Morgan was a morning show rival to Walker before he quit as host of “Good Morning Britain.”
- Walker wrote that he is the “more measured presenter” while Morgan throws insults around.
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Dan Walker, Piers Morgan’s former morning show rival, has said that there is a “decent bloke” beneath all of the “froth” and the insults that Morgan throws around.
In a piece for The Times, Walker detailed a day in his working life as host of BBC’s morning show “Breakfast.” The show rivals ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” (GMB), which Morgan was the host of until he stormed out of the studio and quit for good after a row over Meghan Markle.
Walker talked about the rivalry between the two breakfast shows, writing: “Piers and I have had a friendly rivalry, but it has been good for ‘BBC Breakfast’ and ‘GMB.'”
“He likes to throw a few insults around, but underneath all the froth I think there is a decent bloke fighting to get out,” Walker wrote.
Morgan was known for his abrasive and confrontational style as host of “Good Morning, Britain,” and often got into shouting matches with guests on his show.
Morgan has often found himself at the center of controversies with this style, culminating in his exit from the show after an on-air clash with cohost Alex Beresford about Morgan’s comments on Meghan Markle and her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
“The idea that you’ve not done a good job unless you demand resignations and rant at the interviewee is laughable,” Walker said, referring to Morgan’s combative style. “I don’t want you to know my opinion. I have no problem being seen as the more measured presenter.”
Walker wrote that his morning show and “GMB” are “very different programmes” with very different styles, but wrote that he does think the latter does “a good job.”
Meanwhile, Morgan recently wrote in his column for the Mail on Sunday that he thinks Markle hasn’t had any worse treatment from the British press than Princess Diana or Kate Middleton had.
In the interview with Oprah, Markle said that her treatment from the media differed from Middleton’s because “rude and racist are not the same.”
However, Morgan wrote that Markle has “little proof” to back up her claim that the press’ treatment of her has been racist.
Morgan, who said he now regrets storming off of “Good Morning Britain,” also said that he has received online abuse and death threats following the saga, including one from an internet troll who threatened to murder him in front of his children.