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Fans of ‘Good Morning Britain’ were outraged to discover Piers Morgan was missing from the popular morning show this Bank Holiday Monday. Many members of the public felt the ITV star’s notoriously harsh scrutiny and cut-throat questioning was of vital importance today amid the Dominic Cummings scandal. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s chief adviser came under fire last week for defying lockdown measures to travel 260 miles to family members in Durham, despite his wife displaying symptoms of coronavirus. Prior to his absence, the controversial host blasted those defending the aide and his “disgraceful” actions, which sparked major uproar from the public. This is just one of many times Piers has found himself in the midst of a bitter battle after making hardline comments. For nearly a decade, he clashed with Jeremy Clarkson, which culminated in the then-‘Top Gear’ star punching him during a press awards ceremony. Following the furious fracas, Piers made a series of savage snubs against ‘The Grand Tour’ host.
Shortly before the big bust-up between Piers Morgan and the future ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ presenter, tensions had been running high.
Piers, then-the editor of the Daily Mirror, had published photographs of Jeremy alongside a woman who wasn’t his wife in 2002.
This followed him allegedly taking a softer approach while running a story about the star kissing that same woman two years before – after a ‘heartfelt plea’ from Jeremy.
Around that time, it was alleged that future ‘Grand Tour’ host had also chucked a drink over his foe while they were aboard the supersonic turbo-jet Concorde, during its final flight in 2003.
Their bitter feud came to a climax at the 2004 British Press Awards when Jeremy punched Piers multiple times in the face – leaving them both with scars.
The ‘GMB’ host claimed his adversary staggered over to him before the altercation and after being hit he allegedly sniped: “My three-year-old hits me harder than that.”
Piers thought it “was a good line” at the time and claimed not to have fought back because he feared he would “be fired” from the Daily Mirror.
He told Independent: “But I was fired three weeks later anyway so I kind of should have hit him.”
The three punches left Piers with a permanent scar above his right eye and was claimed to have been “profusely bleeding” at the event.
The damage was believed to have been intensified because Jeremy was wearing rings – he also broke his finger because of the attack.
Despite the cutting comments from Piers, the most amusing were yet to come during the preview for the following year’s British Press Awards in 2005.
He told Independent: “If you see Jeremy Clarkson, and he is sweating, has wonky eyes, and keeps abusing everyone who goes up on stage then be very careful.
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“I made the fatal error last year of seeing him in this state and then jokily inviting him to punch me on the head, which is precisely what he then did a few hours later.
“Three times, quite hard, right smack on the bonce. I still have a neat two-inch scar from his ring down the right side of my forehead.”
He closed his salacious remarks with another joke at Jeremy’s expense: “Never could stand jewellery on a man.”
Despite their clashes, the pair repaired their relationship after getting “black-out” drunk during a five-hour drinking session at a bar in 2014.
Making light of the spat, Piers made another cheeky quip shortly after Jeremy was fired for punching a ‘Top Gear’ producer in 2015.
He told MailOnline: “You can’t whack a member of your own production team in a drunken, foul-mouthed rage – however cold the food.
“If you’d just whacked ME in the head again, as you did at the British Press Awards in 2004, the nation would have risen as one to applaud you.”
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