Piers Morgan's Biography

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Piers Morgan was born Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan on 30 March 1965 in Sussex.

He went to Chailey Comprehensive, Lewes Priory Sixth Form College and Harlow Journalism College.

After a stint with Lloyd's of London, Piers Morgan was a reporter with the Surrey and South London Newspaper Group, before becoming Showbusiness Editor of the Sun from 1989 to 1994.

Piers Morgan was editor of the News of the World from 1994 to 1995. During this period, in September 1994, according to Piers Morgan's diaries, Tony Blair invited Morgan for tea at the Commons, and told him, "I don't want to get chewed up and spat out like Neil Kinnock was by the Sun."

Piers Morgan left News of the World to become Editor of the arch-rival Daily Mirror. A position he held until May 2004, when Morgan was sacked following the Mirror's publication of fake photographs of soldiers seemingly abusing Iraqis.

Andrew Neil, former editor of the Sunday Times, commented about Piers Morgan's departure:

"I think it's very sad. Piers Morgan is a very talented editor, a very talented journalist, but he has brought this upon himself.

"Once it was clear they were fake, he should have made an apology both to the readers of the Mirror and to the British Army, but he decided to tough it out."

Piers Morgan supports Arsenal and in 2004 published "Va Va Voom: a fan's diary of Arsenal's invincible season".

Morgan has also presented a variety of television programmes.

In June 2005, Piers Morgan and Matthew Freud, Rupert Murdoch's son-in-law, bought the UK Press Gazette.

In 2006, Piers Morgan became the editorial director of First News, a national newspaper written by adults for children (mainly aged 9-12).

Along with David Hasselhoff and singer Brandy (replaced by Sharon Osbourne in the second series), Piers Morgan was selected to be a judge on Simon Cowell's TV show America's Got Talent, on NBC.

Piers Morgan, along with Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden, is one of the judges on Britain's Got Talent.

Piers Morgan's TV career continued, presenting You Can't Fire Me I'm Famous where his guests included Naomi Campbell, Abi Titmuss and Andrew Flintoff; and, in November 2007, ITV announced that Piers Morgan was presenting a three part documentary series about Sandbanks in Dorset.

In 2008, Piers Morgan along with Carol Alt, Stephen Baldwin, Trace Adkins and Gene Simmons amongst others was a candidate on The Apprentice hosted by Donald Trump.

Piers Morgan was ultimately the winner.

In May 2008, ITV announced that Piers Morgan had signed a two-year deal, which included presenting Piers Morgan's Life Stories in 2009 on ITV1.

In June 2010, Piers Morgan married the Daily Telegraph columnist Celia Walden, who is the daughter of former MP George Walden.

Previously, he had three sons with his first wife Marion Shalloe.

In September 2010, it was announced that Piers Morgan would replace Larry King on the US network CNN.

In January 2011, Piers Morgan started his tenure presenting the CNN talk show Tonight by interviewing Oprah Winfrey.

In November 2011, He revealed on Twitter that he was quitting his role as a judge on America's Got Talent, to focus on his CNN show.

In February 2014, Piers Morgan was dropped by CNN after his ratings fell as low as 270,000 viewers.

He later became co-presenter of Good Morning Britain on ITV.

In 2021, after six years on the show, Piers Morgan stormed off the set of Good Morning Britain and decided to leave the programme following his criticism of the Duchess of Sussex, saying he "didn't believe a word" Meghan Markle said in her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

In 2022, he became a presenter on TalkTV. However, the show proved more popular on YouTube than through viewing on the TV channel and in February 2024, it was announced that Piers Morgan's Uncensored show would be taken off TalkTV to focus on its YouTube channel.

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