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ITV apologises on behalf of Piers Morgan over GMB incident

Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid had been discussing Peter Phillips at the time

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Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
March 4, 2020
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ITV has issued an apology after receiving 1,500 complaints following a Good Morning Britain interview where Piers Morgan mimicked the Chinese language. The incident, which occurred back in January, took place when Piers and his co-host, Susanna Reid, discussed royal Peter Phillips' involvement in a Chinese milk commercial.

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ITV issued a statement after the incident received 1,500 complaints

The statement read: "GMB is known for its lively and robust discussion of the news agenda and recently covered Peter Phillips' appearance in a Chinese milk advertisement. The discussion was focused on whether it was appropriate for members of the Royal family to endorse products abroad in this manner, and was live and unscripted. Piers Morgan's comments, and his mimicking of the Chinese language in the advertisement, was a spontaneous reaction to the advertisement."

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It continued: "These comments were intended to mock a member of the Royal Family and were not intended to mock or denigrate Chinese people, their language or accent. ITV regrets any offence Piers' comments may unintentionally have caused." The TV presenter himself addressed the incident on Twitter back in January, writing: "I was mocking a member of the British royal family appearing in an advert for Chinese state milk, not Chinese people."

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Piers apologised to another guest on Wednesday after a heated discussion with teenager Naomi Seibt, who has been dubbed the 'anti-Greta Thunberg'. During their discussion, Piers asked her if she believed the planet was heating up as a dangerous rate, then denied he had said 'dangerous rate'. Following the interview, he explained: "Just want to be fair to one of our guests Naomi Seibt earlier, when said I said I’d said to her, “'s the planet heating up' and didn’t say 'at a dangerous rate'. A lot of viewers saying I did say, 'Is it heating up at a dangerous rate?' and she responded to that. If that is right then she was quite right to push back on that."

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