Gary Lineker hits back at Piers Morgans ratings jibe over new show Sitting On a Fortune

Sitting On a Fortune: Gary Lineker introduces contestants

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Former football star Gary Lineker rebutted Piers’ snide tweet about his new show’s performance this morning. Piers took a screenshot of the ratings chart to point out how his show was faring in comparison to Gary’s brand new ITV programme Sitting On a Fortune.

Gary and Piers have a strange relationship on Twitter that sits somewhere between an ongoing feud and a bromance. 

The outspoken pair even have nicknames for each other with Piers, 56, calling Gary “jugs” because of his ears.

Gary, 61, refers to Piers as “tubbs” due to his appearance.

What initially started as a simple football rivalry years ago has since become about which channel their flagship show is broadcast on, how much they earn and their political beliefs.

“Morning, Jugs ⁦@GaryLineker,” Piers tweeted to his 7.9 million followers today with a sunglasses emoji.

Underneath the tweet he attached a picture of shows with the seventh, eighth and ninth highest audience viewing figures. 

With an audience share of 14.3 per cent was Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, while Escape To The Chateau followed with 11.3 per cent. 

Below that was Gary’s new ITV game show Sitting On a Fortune, which had a 10.2 per cent audience share.

The tweet was clearly a dig aimed at Gary, but the former striker soon hit back in front of his 8.2 million followers.

Retweeting Piers he wrote: “Well, considering we were up against the absolute monsters of the Doctor Who finale and Strictly, we’re absolutely delighted with the numbers we’re getting.”

A lot of people didn’t take too kindly to Piers’ tweet in the comments section. 

TheDonRude wrote: “Surely you are not celebrating something that you haven’t won? I thought anything other than gold was awful? 

“Or do you just say whatever sh*t causes the most fuss at the time?”

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“So, which programmes made the Top 6?” asked Iain Murdoch. 

“I thought only the Gold Medal counted in your world? You must be gutted?”

“Are you celebrating coming 7th? So there were 6 shows ahead of you? 

“I Thought anything other than 1st is a failure in your eyes?” added Stew Sadler

“…It’s akin to only showing part of the league table and pretending you’re top,” joked Geoff Walton.

Some people were quick to point out the irony that Piers had earlier criticised Dan Walker for coming in fifth place on Strictly when he was currently in seventh place. 

“You literally grilled @mrdanwalker for finishing 5th in his respective division, and here you are pleased with the fact you beat Lineker but you still only came 7th in yours,” argued Liam Aspin.

The occasional follower did jump to Piers’ defence, however, such as Ravenspoint123, who wrote: “Before anyone gets giddy, it’s about what’s on all the channels before we resign ourselves to any particular station, often it’s best of a really bad bunch. 

“On this occasion Piers is better by a country mile.”

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