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Lord Sugar pays £5k to silence Piers Morgan for Red Nose Day

Emmy Griffiths

Lord Alan Sugar has donated £5,000 to Comic Relief to keep Piers Morgan quiet for a whole day, joking that it was the "bargain of the century". The businessman posted a video in which he pledged the money, saying: "Five grand to silence Piers Morgan for a whole day on Twitter? That's a bargain! The bargain of the century. Comic Relief, send me the bill straight away, I'll pay it immediately. It's going to be a wonderful day without that nutter clogging up the whole of Twitter with his nonsense."

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Piers will stay silent for a day for charity

Holly Willoughby also donated £1,000 to the cause, which, should it reach £50,000, will also see Piers don a Spurs shirt. The TV presenter's Just Giving page reads: "So, it's the moment everyone has been waiting for… In support of Red Nose Day, I have begrudgingly agreed to stop tweeting, writing, broadcasting and just generally running off at the mouth for 24 whole hours. As you can imagine, this doesn't come naturally and I anticipate some relentless taunting (I'm looking at you, Gary Lineker…).​ I've agreed to be shut up to an even greater degree... by wearing a Spurs shirt. That is if the British public raises £50,000. So if you would like to see my suffer a great humiliation for a great cause, sponsor me now."

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Fans were quick to joke about the day of silence, with one tweeting: "So @piersmorgan is going to spend a day silent on Twitter. @Arsenal please announce a new Wenger contract that day!" Another added: "I want to see piers in a spurs shirt please send me justgiving page please please." Piers opened up about the challenge, admitting it would be "agonising" to spend the day away from his phone for 24 hours. He said: "It will be utter torture for me."

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