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The ITV presenter started on Good Morning Britain six years ago after more than a decade in journalism and a failed stint as a US talk show host on CNN. Piers has drawn praise and criticism during his tenure alongside Susanna Reid, during which he has been best-known for bluntly grilling politicians. But in a breakaway from leaving MPs red-faced, the TV presenter revealed a gaffe of his own in his new book Wake Up: Why The World Has Gone Nuts.
In several furious rants, Piers blasted world figures for their handling of the coronavirus pandemic and felt he was “using his powers for good” by scrutinising them for it.
He laid into US President Donald Trump, attacking his “bats*** crazy theories”.
Piers also tore into Prime Minister Boris Johnson, claiming his Government was “lacking in calibre” in a secret WhatsApp group.
But in a rare incident, the TV star turned on himself and revealed how his Good Morning Britain colleagues berated him.
Piers claimed that the insults began after he “accidentally picked up the wrong pot” of make-up – and had previously relied on the help of a professional.
He admitted that he “managed to paint myself bright orange” but claimed to be unaware until “viewers bombarded” him with “gleefully mocking messages” on Twitter.
Piers asked his colleague Susanna “How bad is it?” in a whisper and recalled her response: “‘It’s not great,’ she giggled, ‘there are some … blending issues.’”
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The soft response from Susanna was nothing compared to Lorraine Kelly, who was “less polite” when she ridiculed the star.
She told him: “It’s like a satsuma had a fling with a tangerine and then they both went to a tanning booth!”
The embarrassing blunder had an effect on Piers, who admitted to having experienced “a lot of uncomfortable moments” during his TV career – especially during live broadcasts.
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However he felt this faux pas was especially difficult to overcome because he was “presenting the most serious news story of my lifetime”.
Piers said the pressure of covering coronavirus combined with being aware that he “resembled a human pumpkin” was “probably the most excruciating”.
Despite the issues, he claimed it “didn’t stop me from getting into a heated debate” during their broadcast on April 1.
The presenter was grilling Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick over the lack of coronavirus testing kits available to the public.
At the time, the Government was carrying out 8,000-per-day compared with Germany’s 80,000.
This figure has been significantly increased in recent months and in November, the Government had the capacity to perform half a million tests each day.
Piers Morgan’s Wake Up: Why The World Has Gone Nuts was published by HarperCollins in November and is available here.
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