Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Piers Morgan attacks 'entertainer' interviewers

Piers Morgan has launched a broadside against Jonathan Ross, Graham Norton and Alan Carr, saying entertainer interviewers "wouldn't know a good journalistic question if it bit them on their backsides".

Morgan, interviewing himself for the March edition of GQ magazine, out on Thursday, said Norton was "too camp, bitchy and 'show bizzy' for my taste, and with the world's most irritating voice. Well, apart from Alan Carr, obviously".

Morgan, who is working on a biographical chat show called Piers Morgan's Life Stories, continued: "I would never try and compete with any of these 'entertainer' interviewers, because that's not my bag.

"I am a journalist who tries to conduct entertaining interviews.

"They - and I include Ross in this - are entertainers, who wouldn't know a good journalistic question if it bit them on their backsides.

"But we both have our place in the market."

Morgan said he loves Sir Michael Parkinson. He also reiterated his view that Ross should have been sacked over the prank calls he and Russell Brand made to Andrew Sachs, saying what Ross and Brand did was "appalling".

Morgan admitted in the magazine he once got fined for fare-dodging on the Tube which "gave me the shock of my life".

He said he has never had a criminal record and has stayed on the right side of the law "with the ignoble exception of repeatedly being done for speeding".

Speaking about the share dealing row when he was editor of The Mirror, Morgan said: "I was rightly punished by the Press Complaints Commission for a bad lapse in journalistic standards."

He said his conduct was "idiotic" but there was no fraudulent intent.

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