I thought I wasn’t censored on Good Morning Britain until Princess Pinocchio Meghan Markle made it, says Piers Morgan

THEY are an outspoken couple who don’t always see eye to eye. But they both agree on what should always follow the vicious line – laughing and drinking. Or preferably two.

Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne may have had a turbulent relationship over the years – with Sharon once admitting she tried to strangle Piers when they first met – but now they have formed a strong friendship by protecting free speech.

Piers Morgan's new show Piers Morgan Uncensored arrives on Talk TV on April 25

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Piers Morgan’s new show Piers Morgan Uncensored arrives on Talk TV on April 25
Sharon once admitted that she tried to strangle Piers when they first met

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Sharon once admitted that she tried to strangle Piers when they first metCredit: CBS
In March 2021 Meghan, pictured here with Harry at the Invictus Games, was one of 40,000 people who complained about Piers' comments on Good Morning Britain

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In March 2021 Meghan, pictured here with Harry at the Invictus Games, was one of 40,000 people who complained about Piers’ comments on Good Morning Britain

With the two powerhouses opinionated bringing a new show on Talk TV, they come together to discuss the lost art of debating quietly.

Piers, 57, said: “I like to cry a long time then drink and laugh, and we’re missing the second part of the equation.

“Sometimes the fights are very passionate, very passionate, and then we have a glass of wine and burst out laughing.”

Sharon, 69, agrees: “True friendship should give you the openness to be so honest. That’s what you do with people who are true friends.

“You can say how you feel — you can get really mad at each other, and boom, the next day we’re back again. With Piers, he might need a partner.”

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The duo reunited via Zoom to discuss their exciting new venture on Talk TV after they both fell victim to a culture of cancellations — leaving their jobs on popular shows because of their straightforward manner of speaking.

And now they were fighting back against the strong, worrying awakening noises that they felt were trying to drown them out.

Piers, whose new show Piers Morgan Uncensored appeared on Talk TV on April 25, said: “Canceling culture is as dangerous as society in its own way, in terms of its attack on free speech and freedom of expression, as the coronavirus is and could be for years and years. the next decade — actually, more dangerous.

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“You can have a heated argument with someone, strongly disagree, and be very critical. You can call me all kinds of things. It doesn’t matter.

“But when you try to get me fired, as Meghan Markle did on Good Morning Britain, where she personally wrote to ITV bosses and asked for my head on a plate, it invalidates the culture there.”

In March 2021 Meghan was one of 40,000 people who complained about Piers’ comments on Good Morning Britain, following her interview with Oprah Winfrey when she made a claim against the Royal Family.
The boss at ITV gave him two choices.

Piers said: “I used to think GMB wasn’t censored, and then of course it turned out I was really censored, in the sense that I was told I had to apologize for not trusting Princess Pinocchio or I’d have to leave the building.

“So I took the option of leaving the building, which I think was a sad moment for me and for the show.

“But of course, what this really does is focus on what free speech means.”

Meanwhile Sharon, a former X Factor and America’s Got Talent judge, was dramatically fired from US program The Talk after she endorsed Piers on Twitter during Meghan’s spat.

Sharon’s experience after getting involved in Meghan’s altercation has also sparked a desire to speak up — something she can do on her new show The Talk, on Talk TV.

The event, which will be broadcast in the UK, America and Australia, will bring together a group of opinionated guests to discuss the biggest news of the day.

He said of the show’s open discussion format: “It’s not personal, it’s someone’s opinion, so if you don’t like it, you tell the person why you don’t like it, why you don’t agree with them, and you move on.

“At the same time, you can probably laugh at each other and it all ends in a very positive way.

It is possible to talk about these things in a mature way, not with the fear of being let go. Everything is open to conversation, to debate, as long as it doesn’t spew hate.

Sharon Osbourne

“Viewers may disagree with you, but they will learn something from other people’s opinions.

“It is possible to discuss these things maturely, not with the fear of being let go. Everything is open to conversation, to debate, as long as it doesn’t spew hate.

“And that is what is so liberating [about Talk TV], you don’t have to be one thing to be on this network. And that’s what’s so liberating.”

Freedom is something Piers and Sharon agree on, and he couldn’t help but interrupt: “Like Nelson Mandela when he got out of prison — it’s been like a long journey to free speech.

“People say that cancel culture doesn’t exist — just tell Sharon. He spent a year in the wilderness, unemployed in America, where he had been a huge star for decades.

“Simply put, the crime was tweeting that I was entitled to my opinion. He doesn’t even agree with that.”

At his £9m home in Los Angeles, he said: “This is a friendly debate, a friendly discussion. It’s like looking at a painting with 100 other people — you’ll get 100 different opinions about the painting.

“I mean, we’re not all going to be sitting there arm in arm, but I don’t like the show they put out here where if you don’t agree, they start throwing chairs at each other.”

The pair often have heated arguments themselves, with Piers previously revealing how Sharon tried to strangle him in a dinner clash after joining the America’s Got Talent judging panel.

She told Loose Women in 2017: “I got a call saying there would be a jury change and Sharon would join. I think it’s awkward, because I’ve written some things that aren’t entirely flattering about him.

“We went for dinner, Ozzy was there, dinner was okay. I said something a little confrontational, but then Sharon ran behind me — all the executives were there — and started strangling me to death.

“Ozzy was trying to let him go. Eventually Jerry Springer, of all people, had to pull him away.”

He and Sharon still aren’t afraid to fight, and during our chat he couldn’t help but tease her when Piers dared to criticize his friend Johnny Depp: “Piers! Our first fight – don’t talk about my Johnny Depp like that.”

When Piers left Good Morning Britain, audiences did too, after his ratings hit an all-time high of 1.95 million the day he left the set.

A year later, they plummeted to 910,000.

My show will be very similar to Good Morning Britain before the censorship starts.

Piers Morgan

Piers said: “My show will be very similar to Good Morning Britain before the censorship starts. So if you liked me on Good Morning Britain, you might like Piers Morgan Uncensored, because I don’t think I was censored there for five years.”

During the pandemic, Piers was credited with holding the Government to account through tough interviews—which then Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Prime Minister Boris Johnson strongly avoided. So, does he expect a similar boycott from the Government for Uncensored?

He said with a laugh: “I’m a global show, so I’ll be the one boycotting it! A small number of them would qualify with global fame, so if they get a call, they should feel very grateful.”

In December 2019, the PM famously hid inside a giant milk cooler to avoid one of the GMB reporters, and Piers continued: “The last time I saw Boris, he was hiding in the fridge.

“I haven’t spoken to Boris in an interview format since 2015, so it’s been seven years now. But there will be no boycott. If any of them try, they will be banned for life straight away.”

And he has even less time for awakened people, saying: “All those whining, pathetic, joyless, ultra-awake idiots of culture who think their views are the only acceptable views.

“They are like arsonists, they only want to burn everything in front of them if you dare to oppose or criticize them.

“They can all come on my show. I’ll give them a really fair check.”

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And since he and Sharon have worked with Simon Cowell several times over the years, what do they think he will say about their new television venture?

Sharon said with her trademark laugh: “Oh I’m sure the next thing he’s going to do is open his own new station!”

When Piers left Good Morning Britain, audiences did too, after his ratings hit an all-time high of 1.95 million the day he left the set.

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When Piers left Good Morning Britain, audiences did too, after his ratings hit an all-time high of 1.95 million the day he left the set.Credit: Universal News & Sports
Piers and Sharon may have had a turbulent relationship over the years, but now they have formed a strong friendship

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Piers and Sharon may have had a turbulent relationship over the years, but now they have formed a strong friendshipCredit: Instagram
Sharon said she couldn't stop herself from teasing Piers when she dared to criticize her friend Johnny Depp

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Sharon said she couldn’t stop herself from teasing Piers when she dared to criticize her friend Johnny DeppCredit: AP

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