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Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan (né O'Meara; born 30 March 1965), known professionally as Piers Morgan, is a British journalist and television personality currently working as a presenter on the ITV Breakfast programme Good Morning Britain. He is also the editorial director of First News, a British national newspaper for children. Morgan began his journalism career in Fleet Street
Fleet Street
as a writer and editor for several tabloid papers, including The Sun, News of the World and the Daily Mirror. In 1994, aged 29, he was appointed editor of the News of the World
News of the World
by Rupert Murdoch, which made him the youngest editor of a British national newspaper in more than half a century.[2] He later edited the Daily Mirror, and was in charge during the period that the paper was implicated in the phone hacking scandal. In 2011 Morgan denied having ever hacked a phone or "to my knowledge published any story obtained from the hacking of a phone". In 2012 he was heavily criticised in the findings of the Leveson Inquiry, when the chair Brian Leveson stated that comments made in Morgan's testimony about phone hacking were "utterly unpersuasive" and "clearly prove ... that he was aware that it was taking place in the press as a whole and that he was sufficiently unembarrassed by what was criminal behaviour that he was prepared to joke about it".[3] On television, he hosted Piers Morgan Live
Piers Morgan Live
on CNN
CNN
from 2011 to 2014, replacing Larry King Live
Larry King Live
in the timeslot following King's retirement.[4][5] He was a judge on America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
and Britain's Got Talent.[6] In 2008, Morgan won the seventh season of the US Celebrity Apprentice.[7] In the UK, he presents Piers Morgan's Life Stories (since 2009) has presented Good Morning Britain since 2015.[8][9] Morgan has written eight books, including four volumes of memoirs.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 At the Murdoch titles 2.2 Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
editor 2.3 Post- Mirror
Mirror
press career 2.4 Television

2.4.1 Donald Trump

2.4.1.1 Interviews

3 Feuds

3.1 Ian Hislop 3.2 Jeremy Clarkson 3.3 Janet Mock 3.4 Banned guests 3.5 The British Press

4 Phone hacking
Phone hacking
allegations 5 Personal life 6 Books 7 References 8 External links

Early life Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan
was born Piers Stefan O'Meara on 30 March 1965 in Newick, Sussex, England, to Vincent Eamonn O'Meara, an Irish-born dentist, originally from County Offaly,[1][10] and Gabrielle Georgina Sybille (née Oliver).[11] He took his stepfather's surname and became known as Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan. He attended the independent school Cumnor House[12] from the ages of seven to thirteen, and then Chailey
Chailey
School, a comprehensive secondary school in Chailey, near Lewes, East Sussex, followed by Priory School for sixth form.[13] Morgan studied journalism at Harlow College. After a brief career at Lloyd's of London, he joined the Surrey and South London Newspaper Group in 1985,[14] where he worked as a reporter on the South London News, and the Streatham
Streatham
and Tooting
Tooting
News. Morgan was recruited (he says headhunted by editor Kelvin MacKenzie) to join The Sun, to work on the Bizarre column. Career At the Murdoch titles Morgan's first high-profile post in the British media was as the main writer of "Bizarre", The Sun's show business column, while the newspaper was being edited by Kelvin MacKenzie. In 1994, aged 29, he was appointed editor of the News of the World
News of the World
by Rupert Murdoch, becoming the youngest national newspaper editor in more than half a century.[2] He quickly gained notice for his prying, forthright style and lack of sympathy for celebrities' privacy, claiming that they could not manipulate the media to further their own ends without accepting the consequences of a two-way deal. Morgan left this post in 1995 shortly after publishing photographs of Catherine Victoria Lockwood, then wife of Charles, Earl Spencer, leaving an addictive disorders clinic in Surrey.[15] This action ran against the editors' code of conduct,[16] a misdemeanour for which the Press Complaints Commission
Press Complaints Commission
upheld a complaint against Morgan.[16] Murdoch was reported as having said that "the boy went too far"[17] and publicly distanced himself from the story.[18] Fearful of a privacy law action if he had not criticised one of his employees, Murdoch is said to have apologised to Morgan in private.[19][20] The incident was reported to have contributed to Morgan's decision to leave for the Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
editorship.[21] Morgan's autobiography The Insider states that he left the News of the World
News of the World
of his own choice and somewhat against owner Rupert Murdoch's wishes when he was offered the job of Editor at the Daily Mirror. Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
editor As editor of the Daily Mirror, in 1996 Morgan was forced to apologise on television[22] for the headline (rendered in upper case) "Achtung Surrender! For You Fritz Ze Euro Championship Is Over"[23] on 25 June 1996,[24] a day before England met Germany in a semi-final of the Euro '96 football championships.[25] A £16 million package of investment in the title was rolled out from January, including the dropping of "Daily" from the masthead in February,[26] which was later reversed. Roy Greenslade
Roy Greenslade
wrote in August 1999 that Morgan's editorship "has made a huge difference: his enormous enthusiasm, determination and focus is a major plus".[27] Morgan was the subject of an investigation in 2000 after Suzy Jagger wrote an article for The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph
revealing that he had bought £20,000 worth of shares in the computer company Viglen
Viglen
soon before the Mirror
Mirror
's "City Slickers" column tipped Viglen
Viglen
as a good buy.[28] Morgan was found by the Press Complaints Commission
Press Complaints Commission
to have breached the Code of Conduct on financial journalism, but kept his job. The "City Slickers" columnists, Anil Bhoyrul and James Hipwell, were both found to have committed further breaches of the Code and were sacked before the inquiry concluded.[29] Further enquiry by the Department of Trade and Industry in 2004 cleared Morgan of any charges.[30] On 7 December 2005, Bhoyrul and Hipwell were convicted of conspiracy to breach the Financial Services Act. During the trial it emerged that Morgan had bought £67,000 worth of Viglen
Viglen
shares, emptying his bank account and investing under his (first) wife's name, too.[31] The Mirror
Mirror
attempted to move mid-market in 2002, claiming to eschew the more trivial stories of show-business and gossip. Morgan rehired John Pilger, who had been sacked in 1985 early in Robert Maxwell's ownership of the Mirror
Mirror
titles. In the wake of the Abu Ghraib torture scandal, Morgan was fired as Editor of the Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
"with immediate effect" on 14 May 2004, after refusing to apologise to Sly Bailey, then head of Trinity Mirror, for authorising the newspaper's publication of photographs which had been shown to be false.[32] These were alleged to show Iraqi prisoners being abused by British Army
British Army
soldiers from the Queen's Lancashire Regiment.[33] When, within days the photographs were shown to be crude fakes, under the headline "SORRY..WE WERE HOAXED", the Mirror
Mirror
responded that it had fallen victim to a "calculated and malicious hoax" and apologised for the publication of the photographs.[34][35] However, Morgan has refused to admit that the photographs were faked, and has stated that the abuse shown in the photographs is similar to the sort of abuse which was happening in the British Army
British Army
in Iraq
Iraq
at the time.[36] Post- Mirror
Mirror
press career In partnership with Matthew Freud, he gained ownership in May 2005, of Press Gazette, a media trade publication together with its "cash cow", the British Press Awards, in a deal worth £1 million.[37][38] This ownership was cited as one of the reasons many major newspapers boycotted the 2006 awards.[39] Press Gazette entered administrative receivership toward the end of 2006,[40] before being sold to a trade buyer. First News was launched by Morgan on 4 May 2006. A weekly paper aimed at seven to 14-year-olds, he claimed at its launch that the paper was to be "Britain's first national newspaper for children".[41][42] Morgan was editorial director at First News, responsible for bringing in celebrity involvement. He referred to the role as "editorial overlord and frontman".[43] Morgan was filmed falling off a Segway, breaking three ribs, in 2007. Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell
and others made much of Morgan's previous comment in 2003, in a Mirror
Mirror
headline after former U.S. President George W. Bush fell off a Segway: "You'd have to be an idiot to fall off wouldn't you, Mr President".[44][45][46] In 2012, following the revelation of Jimmy Savile's sexual abuse against children, Morgan claimed to have "never met" Savile in his lifetime – although it was pointed out that in a 2009 piece by Morgan in The Mail on Sunday's Night & Day magazine claiming that "As I left, Jimmy Savile
Jimmy Savile
came up to me. 'Your TV shows are BRILLIANT!. he exclaimed. ... I've always loved Jimmy Savile."[47] Later, in 2017, Morgan accused Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor
of being a "paedophile-loving hypocrite" for his past support of Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
cancelling an appearance on Good Morning Britain due to Morgan's comments opposing the Women's March on Washington.[48] He became the editor-at-large of the Mail Online
Mail Online
website’s US operation in September 2014 and Morgan writes several columns a week.[49] He also writes a weekly diary for the Mail on Sunday
Mail on Sunday
Event magazine, having also written one for its predecessor Live. Television Morgan's career expanded into television presentation before he was forced to leave the Daily Mirror. He presented a three-part television documentary series for the BBC
BBC
titled The Importance of Being Famous (2003), about fame and the manner in which celebrities are covered by modern media. At the annual Pride of Britain Awards broadcast on ITV, Morgan chaired a panel of celebrities and well-known figures from various backgrounds that chose the recipients of the awards from 1999 to 2006.[50] He co-hosted his own current affairs interview show on Channel 4
Channel 4
with Amanda Platell, Morgan and Platell. Morgan and Platell were put together because of their opposing political viewpoints; Platell interrogated guests from the right wing, Morgan from the left wing.[51] The show was dropped after three series allegedly because of poor viewing figures, although the chairman of Channel 4
Channel 4
Luke Johnson was reported not to like the programme.[52] Throughout 2006, Morgan appeared as a judge on the television show America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
alongside Brandy Norwood
Brandy Norwood
and David Hasselhoff
David Hasselhoff
on NBC. Morgan was chosen by Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell
as a replacement for himself because of the conditions of his American Idol
American Idol
contract. Morgan appeared as a celebrity contestant on Comic Relief Does The Apprentice in 2007, to raise money for the BBC
BBC
charity telethon Comic Relief. After his team lost, Morgan was selected by Sir Alan Sugar
Alan Sugar
as the contestant to be fired.[53] Also in 2007, Morgan appeared as a judge for the second season of America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
and also appeared as a judge on Britain's Got Talent on ITV, alongside Amanda Holden
Amanda Holden
and Simon Cowell. He also presented You Can't Fire Me, I'm Famous on BBC
BBC
One. He fronted a three-part documentary about Sandbanks
Sandbanks
for ITV entitled Piers Morgan on Sandbanks
Sandbanks
in January 2008.[54] Morgan signed a two-year "golden handcuffs" deal with ITV in May 2008, reportedly worth £2 million per year. As part of the deal, he would continue as a judge on Britain's Got Talent
Britain's Got Talent
for at least two more series and front a new chat show. He also made some interview specials, plus three more documentaries from various countries. Morgan's golden handcuffs deal was the first signing by ITV's new director of television, Peter Fincham.[55] On 8 September 2008, Morgan featured in The Dark Side of Fame with Piers Morgan, produced by BBC Scotland. He returned to ITV in February 2009, with the series, Piers Morgan On..., which saw him visit Dubai, Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo
and Hollywood.[56] The series positioned Morgan as a modern-day Alan Whicker and received strong viewing figures for the channel.[57] The programme returned for a second series in 2010[58] when Morgan visited Las Vegas.[59] His show, Piers Morgan's Life Stories, began on ITV in 2009 with Sharon Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne
as the subject of the first episode.[60] Other guests on the programme included Cheryl[61] and the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown.[62] CNN
CNN
announced on 8 September 2010 that Morgan would replace Larry King in the network's evening line-up with his show, Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan
Live, beginning on 17 January 2011.[63][64] After poor ratings, CNN announced that the show was to be axed.[65] It was cancelled in February 2014 and ended its run in March 2014.[66] Commenting on the viewing figures, Morgan said that he was "a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it."[67] From 13 April to 17 April 2015, Morgan guest-hosted five episodes of Good Morning Britain on ITV and became a permanent co-host on November 2015, appearing alongside Susanna Reid and Charlotte Hawkins.[68] From 2016–2017, Morgan interviewed female murderers on the TV series Killer Women with Piers Morgan.[69][70] He also presented Serial Killer with Piers Morgan, as part of the 2017 Crime & Punishment season on ITV. Donald Trump Morgan was the winner of the U.S. celebrity version of The Apprentice, in 2008. He was eventually the overall winner, being named Celebrity Apprentice by host Donald Trump
Donald Trump
on 27 March, ahead of fellow finalist, American country music star Trace Adkins,[71][72] and having raised substantially more cash than all the other contestants combined.[73] He predicted Trump's election as President of the United States
President of the United States
and describes himself as a close personal friend of Trump.[74] Morgan strongly objected to the Women's March on Washington
Women's March on Washington
on 21 January 2017, the day after Trump's inauguration, describing protesters as "rabid feminists". The actor Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor
was booked for Good Morning Britain the following Tuesday, but pulled out after arriving at the studios when he discovered Morgan would be conducting the interview. He disagreed with Morgan's statements on the women's march.[75] Morgan appeared on ITV's Loose Women
Loose Women
panel show in late January 2017, and was challenged to repudiate Trump.[76] He refused to do so, despite stating that he disagreed with him on many issues and would not have voted for him: “I don’t agree with him about guns, I don’t agree with him about climate change, I don’t agree with him about abortion," and also disagreed with he then-recent Executive Order 13769 which bans visits to the US from citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. Morgan said that he found "the principle of" the ban "understandable", but disagreed with "the way [Donald Trump] has gone about it".[76] Nearly a fortnight later, on the American talk show Real Time with Bill Maher, Morgan said "There is no Muslim ban", as "85% of the world's Muslims are allowed in the country". Another participant in the discussion, Australian comedian Jim Jefferies, immediately told him to "f*** off", adding in part " Hitler
Hitler
didn't kill the Jews on the first day, he worked up to it".[77] After the novelist J. K. Rowling tweeted "Yes, watching Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan
being told to f*** off on live TV is *exactly* as satisfying as I'd always imagined", the two began an exchange of words on the social media site.[78][79] Morgan voiced rare criticism of Trump after the president retweeted Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the minor Britain First
Britain First
party in late November 2017. He tweeted to Trump: "What the hell are you doing retweeting a bunch of unverified videos by Britain First, a bunch of disgustingly racist far-right extremists? Please STOP this madness & undo your retweets".[80] Interviews Main article: President Trump – The Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan
Interview Morgan interviewed Donald Trump
Donald Trump
on Good Morning Britain in March 2016.[81] In January 2018, Morgan presented President Trump – The Piers Morgan Interview for ITV.[82][83] Although Morgan was praised by some for his supposedly "direct" attitude towards Trump,[84] the majority of viewers thought of the interview as "sychophantic" and a "love-in" for Trump, with 88% of viewers polled by the Radio Times
Radio Times
on Twitter viewing Morgan as being "too soft" on Trump.[85] Feuds Ian Hislop Morgan appeared as a guest on the satirical news quiz Have I Got News for You in an episode transmitted on 24 May 1996.[86] In it, show regular Ian Hislop
Ian Hislop
accused Morgan of having him followed and having his house watched. The conflict escalated and at one point the host, Angus Deayton, asked if they wished to go outside and have a fight. Later on, guest panellist Clive Anderson
Clive Anderson
confronted Morgan commenting, "the last time I was rude to you, you sent photographers to my doorstep the next day", to which Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan
retorted, "You won't see them this time." The audience responded loudly in favour of Hislop.[87] "We're about to start exposing the moon-faced midget", Morgan was quoted as saying in 2002, to which Hislop responded, "all he's been offering for information about my private life is a £50 reward. My friends think that's not nearly enough."[21] In 2007, Hislop chose Morgan as one of his pet hates on Room 101.[88][89] In doing so, Hislop spoke of the history of animosity between himself and Morgan and revealed that after their exchange on Have I Got News For You
Have I Got News For You
(which was shown as a clip), Morgan's reporters were tasked with trying to get gossip on Hislop's private life (including phoning acquaintances of Hislop), and photographers were sent in case Hislop did anything untoward or embarrassing while in their presence. Neither the reporters nor the photographers succeeded. Hislop also revealed that Morgan had attempted to quell the feud in an article in The Mail on Sunday, saying, "The war is over. I'm officially calling an end to hostilities, at least from my end. I'm sure it won't stop him carrying on his 'Piers Moron' stuff"[90] (a reference to the habit of Private Eye, the fortnightly satirical magazine which Hislop edits, referring to Morgan as Piers "Morgan" Moron[91][92][93]). Hislop, who had been engaged in work on a World War I documentary at the time, responded by asking "Is that an armistice or an unconditional surrender?" Although Paul Merton
Paul Merton
– host of Room 101 and co-team captain alongside Hislop at Have I Got News For You – agreed to put Morgan into Room 101, Merton comically rejected Morgan as being "too toxic" for Room 101.[88][94][95] Jeremy Clarkson In October 2003, journalist and television personality Jeremy Clarkson reportedly emptied a glass of water over Morgan during the last flight of Concorde.[96] In March 2004, at the British Press Awards, Clarkson punched Morgan three times in a clash over The Mirror's coverage of his private life, and accusations that Clarkson did not write his column in The Sun himself.[96] Morgan reported on a rapprochement with Clarkson in the epilogue of his book, Don't You Know Who I Am? Janet Mock On 4 February 2014, transgender advocate Janet Mock
Janet Mock
appeared as a guest on Piers Morgan Live
Piers Morgan Live
to discuss her memoir, Redefining Realness. After the interview aired, Mock sent a series of tweets criticising Morgan for describing Mock as being "formerly a man". Morgan responded that he had "never been treated in such a disgraceful manner" by a guest. On 5 February, Mock appeared as a guest again to debate the dispute.[97] Banned guests On 28 March 2012, MTV referred to the bad relations between Piers Morgan and Madonna, reporting that "Morgan has apparently felt slighted over the years by Madonna ... he claims he was lied to by the singer's publicist".[98] In September 2012, it was reported that Morgan had also banned actor Kelsey Grammer. Morgan himself claimed, " Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer
saw a photo of his ex-wife Camille in the open of our show and legged it."[99] TVGuide
TVGuide
reported, "All plans were still a go for the segment until Grammer actually got in the hot seat and saw the footage the producers had planned to peg to the segment, including a picture of his ex-wife".[100] On 26 September 2012, Fox 11 Los Angeles reported that "many say [it] was an ambush by Piers".[101] The Huffington Post reported that "before the interview was scheduled, it was made clear that Grammer would answer all questions, including those about [his ex-wife]. His sole request was not to show any images of her."[102] Morgan also has banned actor Hugh Grant, denigrating Grant on Twitter in May 2011: " Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
is now banned, in perpetuity, from @PiersTonight ... And anything else I ever do. Tedious little man."[103] The British Press On 19 July 2017, Morgan antagonised other journalists when he willingly breached a BBC
BBC
news embargo. This was in connection with the publication of details of BBC
BBC
presenters earning more than £150,000 annually. He announced the details via his Twitter
Twitter
account about an hour earlier than the agreed time of publication of the report. He attempted to excuse his action by falsely describing it as a 'scoop'.[104][105][106] "Breaking an embargo is typically considered a serious breach of trust and can result in the source barring the offending news outlet from receiving advance information for a long period of time". Phone hacking
Phone hacking
allegations During Morgan's tenure as editor, the Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
was advised by Steven Nott that voicemail interception was possible by means of a standard PIN code. Despite staff initially expressing enthusiasm for the story it did not appear in the paper, although it did subsequently feature in a South Wales Argus article and on BBC
BBC
Radio 5 Live in October 1999. On 18 July 2011 Nott was visited by officers of Operation Weeting.[107] He came under criticism for his "boasting" about phone hacking from Conservative MP Louise Mensch, who has since apologised for these accusations.[108] In July 2011, in a sequence of articles, political blogger Paul Staines alleged that while editor of the Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
in 2002 Morgan published a story concerning the affair of Sven-Goran Eriksson
Sven-Goran Eriksson
and Ulrika Jonsson while knowing it to have been obtained by phone hacking.[109] On 20 December 2011, Morgan was a witness by satellite link from the United States at the Leveson Inquiry.[110] While he said he had no reason to believe that phone hacking had occurred at the Mirror
Mirror
while he was in charge there, he admitted to hearing a recording of an answerphone message left by Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
for Heather Mills, but refused to "discuss where that tape was played or who made [it] – it would compromise a source."[110] Appearing as a witness at the same Inquiry on 9 February 2012, Mills was asked under oath if she had ever made a recording of Paul McCartney's phone call or had played it to Piers Morgan; she replied: "Never".[111][112] She said that she had never authorised Morgan, or anybody, to access or listen to her voicemails.[111] Mills told the inquiry that Morgan, "a man that has written nothing but awful things about me for years", would have relished telling the inquiry if she had played a personal voicemail message to him.[112] On 23 May 2012, Newsnight
Newsnight
presenter Jeremy Paxman
Jeremy Paxman
was a witness at the Leveson Inquiry. He recalled a lunch with the Mirror
Mirror
editor in September 2002 at which Morgan outlined the means of hacking into a mobile phone.[113] On 28 November 2012, the Channel 4
Channel 4
documentary Taking on the Tabloids, fronted by actor and phone hacking victim Hugh Grant, showed footage from a 2003 interview with Morgan by the singer and phone hacking victim Charlotte Church, during which he explained to her how to avoid answerphone messages being listened to by journalists. He said: "You can access ... voicemails by typing in a number. Now, are you really telling me that journalists aren’t going to do that?"[114][115] On 29 November 2012, the official findings of the Leveson Inquiry
Leveson Inquiry
were released, in which Lord Justice Leveson said that Morgan's testimony under oath on phone hacking was "utterly unpersuasive". He stated: "[The] evidence does not establish that [Morgan] authorised the hacking of voicemails or that journalists employed by TMG [Trinity Mirror
Mirror
Group] were indulging in this practice ... What it does, however, clearly prove is that he was aware that it was taking place in the press as a whole and that he was sufficiently unembarrassed by what was criminal behaviour that he was prepared to joke about it."[3][116]

Wikinews has related news: Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan
interviewed by police investigating phone hacking

On 6 December 2013, Morgan was interviewed, under caution, by police officers from Operation Weeting investigating phone hacking allegations at Mirror
Mirror
Group Newspapers during his tenure as editor.[117] On 24 September 2014, the Trinity Mirror
Trinity Mirror
publishing group admitted for the first time that some of its journalists had been involved in phone hacking and agreed to pay compensation to four people who sued for the alleged hacking of voicemails.[118][119] Six other phone-hacking claims had already been settled. The BBC
BBC
reported that it had seen legal papers showing that although the alleged hacking could have taken place as early as 1998, the bulk of the alleged wrongdoing took place in the early 2000s when Morgan was the Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
editor.[120] The admissions by Trinity Mirror
Trinity Mirror
came whilst the London Metropolitan Police investigation into the phone hacking allegations was ongoing. Morgan has always denied any involvement in the practice.[120] Personal life Morgan married Marion Shalloe in 1991 in Hampshire. They have three sons. Morgan and Shalloe divorced in 2008, and he remarried; his second wife is Celia Walden, a newspaper columnist and feature writer, and daughter of the former Conservative MP George Walden.[121] Morgan is a lifelong fan of Premier League
Premier League
football club Arsenal F.C.[122] He has been an outspoken critic of the entire club including Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger
Arsène Wenger
on social media and on the radio, and has called for his sacking.[122][123] Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson in defence of Wenger labelled Morgan a "pompous individual".[123] When Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey
met Morgan on 26 April 2015, Ramsey refused to shake his hand due to the criticism he received from Morgan during the 2012–13 season. Morgan has responded by calling Ramsey 'whatshisname'.[124] Morgan is a Roman Catholic.[125] Books

Morgan, Piers; John Sachs (1991). Secret Lives. Blake. ISBN 0-905846-95-8.  Morgan, Piers; John Sachs (1991). Private Lives of the Stars. Angus and Robertson. ISBN 0-207-16941-1.  Morgan, Piers (1992). To Dream a Dream: Amazing Life of Phillip Schofield. Blake. ISBN 1-85782-006-1.  Morgan, Piers (1993). "Take That": Our Story. Boxtree. ISBN 1-85283-839-6.  Morgan, Piers (1994). "Take That": On the Road. Boxtree. ISBN 1-85283-396-3.  Morgan, Piers (2004). Va Va Voom!: A Year with Arsenal 2003–04. Methuen. ISBN 0-413-77451-1.  Morgan, Piers (2005). The Insider: The Private Diaries of a Scandalous Decade. Ebury Press. ISBN 0-09-190849-3.  Morgan, Piers (2007). Don't You Know Who I am?. Ebury Press.  Morgan, Piers (2009). God Bless America: Misadventures of a Big Mouth Brit. Ebury Press. ISBN 978-0-09-191393-9.  Morgan, Piers (2013). Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney. Gallery Books. ISBN 978-1-4767-4505-3. 

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