Piers Morgan asks if he’s ‘allowed to have an opinion’ as he makes TV return

Piers Morgan asks if he’s ‘allowed to have an opinion’ as he makes TV return (Image: BBC)

Want all the latest Showbiz news direct to your inbox? Share your email for news, gossip and more

Invalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later.Sign UpWe use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More infoThank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy notice

Piers Morgan jokingly asked a TV presenter if he was 'allowed to have an opinion' as he made an appearance on BBC's Sunday Morning show.

The controversial star, 56, was on the channel to discuss the day's newspapers but had to make a quick jibe about his previous job at Good Morning Britain.

He sensationally quit the morning show early last year after refusing to apologise for the comments he made about Meghan Markle following her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Appearing on the BBC show today, Piers told presenter Sophie Raworth: "I haven't been on breakfast television for nearly a year.

"It feels weird but nice. And my one question for you is… Am I allowed to have an opinion? Because that was the problem before."

She responded: "Well, you've come to tell us about the papers."

Piers made a little jab at GMB
(Image: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire)

Piers then moved on to discuss the latest stories appearing in the newspapers, including Novak Djokovic's deportation, the Downing Street parties and more.

Speaking to the host, Piers launched into a two-minute rant as to why the Conservatives have lost the "trust" of the public over their "brazen" Downing Street parties.

Piers condemned the May 2020 drinks party that was reportedly organised by Martin Reynolds over email, with some 100 members of staff invited.

The party would have happened at the same time lockdown rules stated that people could only meet with one other person.

Speaking on the BBC show, Piers said: "The court of public opinion has come back and found [Johnson] guilty of the most brazen rank hypocrisy imaginable.

Piers left GMB after refusing to apologise for his Meghan comments
(Image: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

The presenter appeared on the BBC show to talk about today's papers
(Image: WireImage)

Get all the biggest showbiz news straight to your inbox. Sign up for the free Mirror Showbiz newsletter.

“This was the time when the entire country had been in lockdown for weeks on end. This was a time when you couldn’t go and see loved ones when they were dying in hospital from this virus.

“This was… literally minutes after [Oliver Dowden] had the brass neck to stand there at the Downing Street press conference and order everybody ‘you’re allowed to only meet one person, outside, at two-metre distance from another household’”.

Piers, of course, also discussed Prince Harry and Meghan during the chat.

The broadcaster believes that the couple have made a calculated choice to "pop their heads up" as the Queen deals with the loss of her husband, Prince Philip, and Prince Andrew's legal battle.

Do you have a story to sell? Get in touch with us at webcelebs@trinitymirror.com or call us direct at 0207 29 33033.

Robbie Williams was target for hitman – but his ‘dodgy pals’ saved him

Robbie Williams said the terrifying threat went away (Image: Getty Images)

Want all the latest Showbiz news direct to your inbox? Share your email for news, gossip and more

Invalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later.Sign UpWe use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More infoThank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy notice

Robbie Williams has revealed he was the target for a hitman at the height of his fame.

But the former Take That star told how the terrifying threat went away after an ­intervention by dodgy pals.

Robbie said: “I’ve never, ever said this, but I had a contract put on me to kill me. I’ve never said that publicly before.

“It went away. I have friends. That stuff is the unseen stuff that happens when you become famous.”

The 47-year-old singer revealed dealing with fame has been the hardest part of being a major music star and it is only in the last few years that he has been able to come to terms with it.

He said: He said: “At one point in my life I was ridiculously famous, Michael Jackson-style famous.

“I became famous when I was 17, doing a boy band when I was 16, the boy band took off. When I was 21 I left and then I had a solo career, sold 80 million albums, held the record for the most tickets sold in a day for a tour and blah, blah, blah…

Robbie with wife Ayda Field
(Image: Instagram)

“Extreme fame and extreme success meets with anxiety and depression and mental illness.

“There’s a few levels of fame and what it does to you. The first one is ‘f**k’.

“There’s a couple more I can’t remember but the fourth one is ­acceptance. You sort of rally against your privacy being taken away from you and you rally against it by trying to be normal, trying to be normal but also I’m gonna be small so people don’t beat you up. Like, ‘I’m a d**khead, don’t hurt me.’

“I want to go to the all the normal places I can’t go because people want to kill me. It takes a while to get to acceptance.

“I have anxiety and don’t like meeting strangers, but strangers want to meet me, and I feel really uncomfortable about it. Thinking about it actually gives me anxiety. It’s a trigger.

The former Take That star was targeted at the height of his fame
(Image: Getty Images)

“Also, you’ve got to be the mayor of the best town people have ever visited, or else people go, ‘He’s one of those famous people that are a d**k.’ Actually, I hate having my picture taken.”

Stoke-born Robbie, who clocked up seven number one solo albums from 1997 to 2006, eventually left the UK and moved to Los Angeles in 2004.

He lives in a Beverly Hills mansion which sits on 30 acres of land with wife Ayda Field and their daughters Teddy and Colette, and sons Charlton and Beau.

Robbie’s decision to not push his music in the US has meant he is able to live a normal life in relative anonymity. He told This Past Weekend podcast: “I came to America to promote an album.

“And I’m in Milwaukee and doing a radio station to eight people at seven o’clock in the morning and I already have millions in the bank and a huge following and I’m depressed and I’m anxious. So I’m going around America doing all this stuff and I’m going, ‘Hang on, all of this fame is making me anxious and depressed and if I go to America then I’m famous in Papua New Guinea if I’m famous in America…’

“Then I’m like, ‘Hang on, what am I doing here?

“This realisation is happening as I’m travelling through America trying to break America

“Why am I trying to break this? Why don’t I go and live there and live in anonymity and then have a nice life.’

“The grown up driving the car made a decision to not promote in America, not do anything.

“So I moved there and turned ­everything down that I was offered in the States.

“Basically, what happens is I live in anonymity here and really enjoy that, then I try to move back to my home country and remember that I have no anonymity there and that makes me feel anxious and depressed and then I move back to the States.”

Do you have a story to sell? Get in touch with us at webcelebs@trinitymirror.com or call us direct 0207 29 33033.

Bindi Irwin’s daughter Grace, nine months, is surrounded by kangaroos at Australia Zoo

She is enjoying a charmed upbringing on the grounds of Australia Zoo.

And Grace Warrior, the granddaughter of late conservationist Steve ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ Irwin, certainly seems to have an affinity for native wildlife.

The nine-month-old looked perfectly calm on Sunday while surrounded by a mob of kangaroos at the Sunshine Coast animal park. 

Cute: Grace Warrior, the granddaughter of late conservationist Steve Irwin, looked perfectly calm on Sunday while surrounded by kangaroos at Australia Zoo, on the Sunshine Coast

‘Grace’s morning meetings look like this,’ her proud parents, Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell, wrote on Instagram.

Bindi, 23, and Chandler, 25, are enjoying every minute with their daughter Grace since welcoming her last March.

Share

And the new parents shared a cute video to Instagram last Wednesday of their lively little girl trying to help them take a selfie.

The curious child kept waving her hand and poking the phone as she attempted to reach the button to take a photo.

Baby bubble: Bindi, 23, and Chandler, 25, are enjoying every minute with their daughter Grace since welcoming her last March

Cheeky! The new parents shared a cute video to Instagram on Wednesday of their nine-month-old daughter Grace trying to help them take a selfie

After Grace successfully got the shot, she looked quite pleased with herself as she cheekily smiled with her tongue out.

Bindi wrote in the caption: ‘Grace poking the camera whenever we try to take a picture is my new favourite thing.’

Chandler commented: ‘Grace is the cutest thing on this planet❤️.’

Budding photographer: The curious little girl kept waving her hand and poking the phone as she attempted to reach the button to take a photo 

The family video comes after Chandler, a former professional wakeboarder from Florida, shared a throwback photo from their pre-pandemic trip to Scotland.

The young lovebirds cuddled up together on a rock for the photo, which featured the picturesque backdrop of a lake and the Scottish Highlands.  

‘#Flashback to Scotland. @bindisueirwin and I were recently engaged at this point in time,’ he wrote in the caption. 

Memories: The family video comes after Chandler, a former professional wakeboarder from Florida, shared a throwback photo from their pre-pandemic trip to Scotland 

How it all began: Bindi and Chandler first met in 2013, when the young American went on a guided tour of Australia Zoo in Queensland

‘Just over two years ago, who knew how much can change in that time! Grateful to have each other through every chapter,’ he added.

Bindi and Chandler first met in 2013, when the young American went on a guided tour of Australia Zoo on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

After getting engaged in July 2019, the couple tied the knot in a pre-lockdown ceremony at Australia Zoo on March 25, 2020.

Exactly one year later, the pair welcomed their first child, daughter Grace Warrior. 

Meant to be: The couple tied the knot in a pre-lockdown ceremony at Australia Zoo on March 25, 2020. Exactly one year later, the pair welcomed their first child, daughter Grace Warrior