Russell Watson tells of ‘shocked atmosphere’ on GMB set the day after Piers Morgan quit

GMB: Piers Morgan walks off after clash with Alex Beresford

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Piers Morgan, 55, left the show after more than five years last week, after sparking over 41,000 Ofcom complaints with his comments about the Duchess of Sussex. The Good Morning Britain presenter said he didn’t like Meghan Markle and didn’t believe a word she said as she discussed her life in the Royal Family with Oprah Winfrey.

At one point in the show, he stormed off set after clashing with Alex Beresford as they discussed the bombshell interview.

Russell Watson, 54, appeared on the show the following day to promote his The Last of the Heritage Prom shows.

Discussing Piers’ exit, he told “That was a shock. It literally came out of nowhere.”

He continued: “That was the day [after] he left so coincidentally for me, it was one of the biggest days [for] viewing figures.

“Everyone was tuning in to see who was taking his place and what the format would be I think.

“GMB is a news show, with regards to doing the show I was on to promote the three shows I was doing.

“The atmosphere was different, I could see Susanna [Reid] looked like she was a little bit shocked about everything, everybody looked shocked by the fact it was the first day without him.

“It’s safe to say he was their flagship presenter and again, with the Piers Morgan scenario, you’ve got this division with opinions, some people like him some people hate him.

“Everything at the moment, particularly on social media, is just divided.”

Russell said he is hoping to bring some happiness to people’s lives with his shows and his Big Singalong event on Good Friday.

“The nation seems to be divided on every subject. We’ve got Covid, Harry and Megxit – whatever they want to call it.

“All these different things where everyone is just split down the middle and it’s depressing,” he added.

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On his upcoming gigs, he added: “Anyone who are maybe fans of my music, I’ll give them a little shout out or a wave.

“It’ll bring a little light relief and maybe a little cheer to them. I’m all for that.

“I think more people should invest in that rather than the negativity all over the place right now – that’s my message.”

Meanwhile, Piers spoke out about his exit shortly after ITV announced he had left the show.

As part of a lengthy statement on Instagram, he wrote: “I’ve lost my job at Good Morning Britain because I chose not to apologise for disbelieving Meghan Markle’s claims in her interview with Oprah Winfrey.”

He went on to say: “I do believe the defence of free speech and the right to express honestly held opinions, is the most important issue of my career, and the most important issue in British society.”

On Twitter, he also confirmed that despite a petition to get him back on the show, he will not be returning.

The Big Issue teams up with the People’s Tenor, Russell Watson, for the Big Singalong event on Good Friday.

You can sign up to watch the performance here. To make a dedication, click here. The deadline to submit entries is March 21.

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