Piers thinks it’s a good thing he wasn’t leading today’s GMB interview… (Picture: ITV/Rex/Shutterstock)
Piers Morgan has ripped into ITV over its Shamima Begum interview, suggesting he wasn’t allowed the ‘right to freedom of speech’ amid his sensational Good Morning Britain exit.
The former host stormed off the set in March amid criticism of Meghan Markle’s Oprah Winfrey interview, in which he claimed he ‘didn’t believe her’ comments on having suicidal thoughts and being denied help while living in the UK.
Piers says he resigned from his role after refusing to apologise for his remarks, which had garnered more than 41,000 Ofcom complaints in the day following, with Meghan complaining to the head of the broadcaster.
It seems he’s still got his finger on the pulse of the flagship programme, though, as he reacted to Begum’s Wednesday morning interview, branding her a ‘self-serving Isis bride monster’.
Living in a prison camp north of Syria, where she is being detained, the former east London schoolgirl said she ‘would rather die’ than go back to Isis, after she left the UK in 2015 to join the terror group.
Piers shared a screengrab of Begum’s interview, writing: ‘Interesting times we live in when an ISIS terror bride is allowed to exercise her right to freedom of speech on @GMB but I wasn’t….’
Just as well Iâm not interviewing this lying, snivelling, cold-hearted, self-serving ISIS bride monster or Iâd have seriously lost my temper by now. Begum should never be allowed back to Britain.
Let her rot in the terror bed she made for herself. pic.twitter.com/ao5BRTVFA2
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 15, 2021
The journalist, who was recently cleared by Ofcom following its investigation into the thousands of complaints in March, added: ‘Just as well I’m not interviewing this lying, snivelling, cold-hearted, self-serving ISIS bride monster or I’d have seriously lost my temper by now.’
Not mincing his words, he went on: ‘Begum should never be allowed back to Britain. Let her rot in the terror bed she made for herself.’
During the interview, 22-year-old Begum told GMB she was ‘groomed and taken advantage of’ when she left the UK for Syria at 15.
She said that at the time she did not know Isis ‘was a death cult’, claiming she ‘thought it was an Islamic community’.
Begum believes she deserves a fair trial in the UK instead of ‘rotting away’ in a refugee camp, and has asked to come to the UK to face her day in court.
Piers’s criticism of the program comes after he insisted he’d received more job offers in the wake of Ofcom’s complaints dismissal.
He said of jokingly asking ITV for his job back: ‘I put that post on social media asking if I’d get my job back to prove a point.
More: Good Morning Britain
Gary Lineker explains why you’ll never see him as a host on Good Morning Britain
Richard Madeley reveals holiday row with wife Judy worse than ‘having an affair’
Piers Morgan hugs Kate Garraway as he reunites with former GMB co-host
‘I wouldn’t go back, not without a public apology and I’m not going to get one.
‘I’ve got much bigger things coming up. The future is exciting. The next project is global, it’s big.’
He added to Daily Mail: ‘I can’t say what but people are going to hear about it within the next few weeks.’
MORE : Piers Morgan hugs Kate Garraway as he reunites with former Good Morning Britain co-host after exit
MORE : Nicki Minaj accidentally tags wrong ‘Pierce’ in Piers Morgan feud and calls him ugly
Got a story?
If you’ve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us email@example.com, calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we’d love to hear from you.