Born on 30th March 1965, (currently 55 years old), Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan is an English broadcaster, journalist, writer, newspaper editor, and television personality. Morgan joined the South London News as a reporter in 1985. Morgan started his Fleet Street career in 1988, becoming a writer and editor for various British tabloids, including The Sun, News of the World, and the Daily Mirror. In 1994, Morgan became the youngest editor of a British national newspaper in more than half a century when he was appointed editor of the News of the World by Rupert Murdoch.
In 1996, Morgan took over as the editor of the Daily Mirror but eventually was fired from The Daily Mirror in 2004 after denying to apologize for publishing photos that had incorrectly shown British soldiers attacking a group of Iraqi civilians. Morgan became the owner of the Press Gazette in May 2005, several major newspapers boycotted the 2006 British Press Awards because of Morgan’s ownership. The Press-Gazette moved into bankruptcy and was ultimately sold.
In May 2006, Morgan started a weekly paper for kids seven to 14 called “First News“. From 2006 to 2007, he was the editorial director at First News. Morgan won the seventh season of the US Celebrity Apprentice in 2008.
He has hosted his talk shows Piers Morgan’s Life Stories and Piers Morgan Live. He has also co-presented the ITV Breakfast program Good Morning Britain (2015–2021) with Susanna Reid and judged America’s Got Talent (2006–2011) and Britain’s Got Talent (2007–2010). As of March 2021, Morgan has written a total of eight books, including four volumes of memoirs.
During his time at the Daily Mirror, he was in charge during the period that the paper was implicated in the phone-hacking scandal. In 2011, Morgan refused to have ever hacked a phone or “to my knowledge published any story obtained from the hacking of a phone“.
Followingly in 2012, he was criticized by chair Brian Leveson in the findings of the Leveson Inquiry, who stated that comments made in Morgan’s testimony about phone hacking were “utterly unpersuasive” and “that he was aware that it was taking place in the press as a whole and that he was sufficiently unembarrassed by what was criminal behaviour that he was prepared to joke about it“. Morgan’s candid views and controversial comments on Good Morning Britain led Ofcom to adjudicate on various occasions.
ITV on 9th March 2021, announced that Morgan decided to leave the program, following negative comments he made regarding Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in the days after the U.S. airing of the Oprah with Meghan and Harry interview. Reportedly, Ofcom received more than 57,000 complaints from viewers, including a complaint from the Duchess of Sussex herself.
Piers Morgan has an estimated Net Worth of $20 Million
According to sources, the English broadcaster Piers Morgan is expected to have a net worth of $20 million.
As a host of “Piers Morgan Tonight” Morgan earns a yearly salary of $2 million. In May 2008, Morgan reportedly signed a two-year deal with ITV worth $2.6 million per year. Morgan’s salary for hosting Good Morning Britain stood around $1,300,000.
Despite finding himself always in controversies, his various reality TV appearances and involvement in major news stations and publications pushed him to superstardom.
Morgan leaves Good Morning Britain
ITV abruptly announced on Tuesday that Piers Morgan, who gave rise to a backlash and an investigation from the United Kingdom’s media regulator over his comments about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will depart “Good Morning Britain“. ITV in a short statement said:
“Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain,”. “ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”
Meghan said during the interview with Oprah that she “didn’t want to be alive anymore” and had contemplated suicide while pregnant with her son Archie. She said the royal family told her she couldn’t ask for help because “it wouldn’t be good for the institution.”
During the episode of “Good Morning Britain” on Monday, Morgan questioned whether the Duchess was being truthful about having suicidal thoughts. Morgan’s comments triggered a huge controversy in Britain, and he was reprimanded by mental health charity Mind.
Ofcom told that it had received over 41,000 complaints regarding the program as of Tuesday afternoon. “We have launched an investigation into Monday’s episode of Good Morning Britain under our harm and offence rules,” it declared in a statement on Twitter.
Morgan, who hosted a show on CNN for 3 years (2011 to 2014), suffered criticism from his colleague on Tuesday.
“I understand that you don’t like Meghan Markle, you’ve made it so clear a number of times on this program,” said Alex Beresford. “And I understand that you’ve got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle, or had one and she cut you off,” he added.
“Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don’t think she has, but yet you continue to trash her,” Beresford said.
The on-air conflict caused Morgan to walk offset. Beresford called after him, stating the move was “pathetic.”
His Early Life
Morgan was born on 30th March 1965 in Surrey to Vincent Eamonn O’Meara and Gabrielle Georgina Sybille. Morgan was raised Catholic and concerning his religious views, he still identifies as a Catholic due to his mother’s influence. His family shifted to Newick. Sussex, England a few months after his birth. His father, Vincent Eamonn O’Meara who was a dentist died when Morgan was 11 months old.
Later his mother a person named remarried Glynne Pughe-Morgan. Piers then took his stepfather’s surname. He went to attend the Chailey School and studied journalism at Harlow College.
Morgan’s Personal life
Morgan married Marion Shalloe in 1991 and the couple together shared three sons, Albert, Spencer, and Stanley but they divorced in 2008. The second time he got married to journalist Celia Walden, daughter of former Conservative MP George Walden. In November 2011, the couple was blessed with a daughter, Elise.
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