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Piers Morgan, 55, is never one to back down from a fight, and many may find it hard to believe that he can rise above the angst and admit he was wrong. But the man himself has done just that, confessing that certain events in these tough times have “changed him” as a person. The Good Morning Britain presenter revealed he has learnt a valuable lesson about fighting back during arguments with strangers, an infamous trait he’s known for and has won him all the names under the sun.
I’ve been as guilty of this as anyone
In his latest Daily Mail column, Piers discussed the on-going coronavirus pandemic that’s brought the world to its knees, and how he has been “guilty” of “behaving like an a******e” to those who do the same.
He referenced actor Stephen Fry’s speech at the 2018 Festival For Dangerous Ideas, where the QI presenter noted that two wrongs don’t make a right and urged the “shouting, the kicking, the name calling, spitting hatred, the dogmatic distrust” to cease.
“‘If someone is behaving like an a******, it isn’t cancelled out by you behaving like an a******e. Be better. Not better than they are. But better than you are,”‘ Piers quoted Fry.
“Of course, he’s right. And I’ve been as guilty of this as anyone.”
It’s been a tiresome year for the GMB star, opposing those who believe the pandemic is “doesn’t exist” and being branded a “scaremonger” in the process, and constantly wanting to hold the government to account.
It’s been hard to do this when ministers continue to boycott the ITV flagship news program, so away from the cameras the hot-headed presenter moves online to air his views.
But he admits this may not be the way to go about getting his point across.
“One thing I’ve learned, the hard way, is the more you scream down those with whom you disagree, the less chance you have of winning an argument,” he wrote in his column.
“This is not a lesson most people even want to hear, let alone heed.”
He continued to acknowledge: “I’ve changed during this crisis, as I think we all have – for good and bad.
“It’s made me re-evaluate a lot of things I thought, how I view the issues that had been sending everyone nuts, and how my own behaviour may have contributed to the problem.”
He pointed out that his outbursts have turned some of his fans against him, while ironically drawing in people who used to “lambast” him.
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“As someone who has been a diarist for 25 years, I concluded that the best way to explain that change was in real time, as it happened,” he penned.
“This, then, is an account of how, thanks to a devastating pandemic, we’ve been given the wake-up moment of our lives, and why we cannot, must not, go back to sleep.”
Elsewhere, Piers detailed he had more trouble on his hands other than that of anti-pandemic trolls.
Someone somewhere, had started a sick rumour that the ITV star had died, which left pal Holly Willoughby distraught after she was contacted to record an obituary, along with co-host Susanna Reid and cricketer friend Kevin Pieterson.
Piers revealed that the pranksters had pretended to be from the news network ITN, and created a panic amongst his famous friends who had reached out to make sure he was OK.
“Fortunately, my friends concern for my health marginally outweighed their natural craving to be on camera, or at least it did for the ones I know about,” he said.
He revealed that poor Holly had messaged him in a state while he once again took to Twitter to vent his frustrations after discovering the scam, labelling the perpetrators “d***heads”.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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