Michael Parkinson admits he ‘locked away’ grief for his father
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Piers Morgan, 56, has revealed many of his celebrity friends have rallied around him since he made the decision to leave his six-year tenure on Good Morning Britain. The former Britain’s Got Talent judge said in his hour of “jobless need” his famous pals have reached out.
One person in particular who messaged Piers to insist they catch up soon, was Sir Michael Parkinson, 86.
Piers shared the veteran interviewer was keen to “exploit” his newly freed-up schedule.
The former GMB star said: “Sir Michael Parkinson was keen to gastronomically exploit my newly freed-up schedule.”
Sif Michael allegedly told Piers: “Looking forward to a lunch when we can trash ‘the woke generation’ for doing you a favour.”
Piers recently stepped down from Good Morning Britain after he slammed Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The broadcaster typed up a bombshell account of the events leading up to his resignation on GMB in his Daily Mail column.
He explained how ITV executives were keen for him to apologise at first, but he did not want to.
Piers said he firmly stood behind his comments on the Duchess of Sussex and refused to back down on his strong opinions.
He wrote: “ITV executives suggested to me that I should now issue an apology to calm things down.
“But I don’t believe Meghan, so why would I apologise?
“As I mused over this conundrum, GMB’s ratings for yesterday came in and were the highest in our history, breaking a new record we set only last week.
“The show’s on fire, in every sense. But the flames are now raging uncontrollably towards me,” he added.
ITV eventually decided Piers should either apologise or leave GMB for good.
He added: “Mid-afternoon, Kevin Lygo, ITV’s Director of Television, who I’d spoken to several times since yesterday, rang to say we were now ‘on the cliff edge’ and either I apologised, or I would have to leave GMB.”
By the end of Tuesday, March 9, Piers was no longer part of the show he had hosted alongside TV “wife” Susanna Reid for six years.
In a statement issued by the network at the time, they said: “Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain. ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”
However, Piers has remained as host of his hugely popular ITV series Life Stories and Sir Michael has appeared on the show.
The TV veteran had to pause for a moment and compose himself when Piers Morgan asked him about the death of his father.
Sir Michael became visibly emotional as the Good Morning Britain host quizzed him on his father, Jack Parkinson’s, death that had occurred in 1975, following a battle with lung disease pneumoconiosis – which is caused by long-term retention of dust.
Following his appearance, the TV veteran was inspired to write his latest book offering Like Father, Like Son.
Sir Michael explained: “I broke down nearly 40 years later over my father’s death, I thought I had stored that away, I thought I had got rid of that grief, but I hadn’t.”
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