YYou’re not supposed to help but have an opinion on Piers Morgan, and in the first issue of Good Morning Britain after his exciting departure, the references to Marmite were thick and gloomy. “Unique is the word to describe Piers Morgan,” said his Esrt co-host Susanna Reid. “Either you loved him or, you know, in some cases, people hated him.”
Whenever he was in doubt, he returned to the binary: “Some of you can cheer and some of you can boo … He has been a voice for many of you and a voice that many of you have criticized against … He has many critics and many fanatics. “
Among all these opinions, however, it was impossible to avoid the fact that Reid and his colleagues accomplished the impressive feat of avoiding them all. Or, occasionally, expressing several at the same time. “He’s definitely an outspoken, defiant, stubborn, and disturbing speaker,” she said at 6.30am, a choice of vigorous but neutral adjectives reminiscent of my mother’s advice on how best to congratulate an unusual-looking baby: ” Now that is a baby!”
If that line ever ran out of puffs, Reid and his understudy co-host Ranvir Singh embraced the strategy of TV presenters occupying time as they watch a car accident unfold from time immemorial: Say what you see. “Piers has decided to leave the show,” Reid said. “He’s been my presenting partner, Monday through Wednesday, for over five years.” He exists, an event happened, and I’m describing it to you, and that’s what happened, sentences are built with words, and now here is Laura with the weather.
“Everything changes in the world of weather!” Said Laura Tobin, and as with almost every other innocent statement for almost three hours, you wondered if she MEANS ANYTHING. Singh asked him about a meteor, “Not in this study, elsewhere.” Morgan’s weather adversary Alex Beresford was presumably at home enjoying his day off with a toast, and probably not with Marmite.
No one could accuse GMB of sidestepping the issue, and after all, the show has a lot of experience turning Morganite controversies into ratings weapons. At one point, Singh almost missed a sight: “He’s someone who wasn’t afraid of how people saw him, or the impact, possibly, that what he said had on other people.” Meanwhile, Morgan was On twitter channeling Winston Churchill, who once said that “some people’s idea about free speech is that they are free to say what they want, but if someone responds, it is outrageous.”
Sadly, Churchill is not available for an interview regarding his opinion that these comments were made by a man who 24 hours earlier had walked away from his television because someone answered something. Instead, there was Paul Burrell. There were ads from Dyson about the value of properly cleaning your home. There was someone with a perma-tan and a pocket square who looked like a disgraced Republican senator trying to explain that his account had been hacked, but it turned out to be Dr. Hilary Jones. The morning TV monster still exists, and it continues to advance, and that’s what’s happening, and now let’s talk to Lorraine. “He is a very loyal friend,” he said. Reid didn’t say anything about that.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism