Emily Maitlis Shades Piers Morgan: ‘You’re An Entertainer, We Do News’

Piers Morgan found himself put in his place thanks to Emily Maitlis during her appearance on Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain.

The Newsnight presenter slipped a cheeky dig at the GMB host’s kudos as a news anchor as they discussed the ongoing BBC equal pay row on the ITV breakfast show. 

Speaking about Samira Ahmed taking the BBC to tribunal over claims she faces a “600% pay gap” compared to fellow presenter Jeremy Vine, Emily remarked that the case had “thrown up the difference between news and entertainment”. 

Emily Maitlis on Good Morning Britain (Photo: BBC)
Piers Morgan was branded an "entertainer"  (Photo: BBC)

“You’re an entertainer, Piers. We do news,” she said, turning to his co-host, former BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid

Piers retorted: “Are you looking at her when you said that? The cheek of it! You can be a bit theatrical yourself, love.” 

Susanna agreed with Emily, joking: “He’s just the bit of fluff and nonsense correspondent.”

As the conversation returned to more serious issues, Emily said it would be “nice to have [news and entertainment] recognised equally” in terms of pay. 

This led to Piers dishing out a rare compliment to one of his long-term Twitter adversaries, Gary Lineker, who is the BBC’s highest-paid star with a salary of between £1,750,000 and £1,754,999 per year. 

Piers said: “I don’t know about that. I think the star power has to play a factor. Even at the BBC. Particularly even at the BBC.

“Gary Lineker always cops it as well and yet he’s probably the best at what he does out there and could command a lot more money if he came to ITV.”

Samira Ahmed case focuses on the pay she receives for her work on the BBC News channel programme Newswatch, which she has presented since 2012.

Samira Ahmed has taken the BBC to an employment tribunal over pay (Photo: Tabatha Fireman via Getty Images)

She has asked why she was paid £465 per episode of Newswatch – an audience-led critique of coverage by BBC News – while Jeremy Vine was paid up to £3,000 for each episode of Points Of View, work she described as comparable.

The BBC disagrees and says the two programmes are different.

The case went to an employment tribunal on Monday and is set to continue. 

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV. 

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1. His praise for Donald Trump

Piers has been a vocal supporter of Donald Trump, both during his election campaign and subsequent presidency, having become friends years earlier on the US version of ‘The Apprentice’.

After the President faced criticism for the figures he has appointed to his Cabinet, including a chief strategist who has been labelled a white nationalist and an Attorney General who was once judged too racist to be a federal judgePiers defended him by saying: “I don’t think he’s the next Hitler. I don’t think he’s appointing a bunch of Nazis in his cabinet. I think he’s a pragmatic business guy who played very hardball to get the Republication nomination.”

3. His comments on mental health

Piers has been sceptical of various celebrities who have spoken out about their own personal mental health issues, particularly Lady Gaga and Will Young, who both revealed they have previously suffered with post-traumatic stress disorder.

But being the mental health professional he is, Piers claimed Will has never suffered with PTSD, and instead has, what he calls - WNTS (whiny needy twerp syndrome).

His comments saw him embroiled in a Twitter spat with mental health campaigner and former ‘Loose Women’ star Denise Welch, who he later blocked on Twitter. 

4. His tirade against Emma Watson

Piers branded Emma Watson a “feminist fraud” when she posed for a photo-shoot in Vanity Fair, during which she was photographed in a more revealing way than usual.

Piers quickly pointed out she “hadn’t always had this attitude to feminism and boob-flashing”, referencing comments she made about feeling conflicted over Beyoncé’s music videos in 2014.

Luckily, many people were on hand to point out perhaps Emma had reassessed her opinions since then, while she also issued a dignified response on Twitter.

5. When J.K. Rowling got one over on him and he couldn’t concede defeat

Following a long-standing public feud, J.K. Rowling tried to trick Piers into retweeting his past praise of her, and it worked like a charm.

She tweeted out a positive piece, suggesting it was actually a Valentine’s Day message from a fan and appealing to find the author. Apparently not stopping to think whether it looked familiar, Piers retweeted it saying it was “priceless humblebrag BS”.

The problem was, the extract she tweeted was actually written by Piers in 2010, when he included the Harry Potter author in his ‘100 British Celebrities Who Really Matter’. He later attempted to claim he knew this, but precisely no one believed him.

6. When his big mouth lost him an A-list guest

Piers had a particularly controversial response to the Women’s March back in January 2017, when he announced he was going to organise a Men’s March to “protest the creeping global emasculation of my gender by rabid feminists”.

His comments later caused Ewan McGregor to pull out of a planned appearance on ‘Good Morning Britain’, and a predictable Twitter rant and Daily Mail column followed.

7. His failure to understand Beyoncé’s new political stance

Piers faced a backlash when he wrote a column on Beyoncé’s visual album ‘Lemonade’, claiming he preferred the singer when she was “less inflammatory” and “agitating”, adding he felt she’d “played the race card” with her support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Former ‘Loose Women’ star Jamelia later schooled him over his comments in an impassioned HuffPost UK blog post.

8. His feud with Jeremy Clarkson

Despite sharing many similarities and similar-sized egos, Piers and Jeremy Clarkson are responsible for one of the longest-running and most yawn-inducing feuds in showbiz.

It can be traced back to 2000, when, as editor of The Mirror, Piers published snaps appearing to show Jeremy in an embrace with TV producer Elaine Bedell.

Piers once said of the row: “With the likes of Jeremy Clarkson it is pure war. There is not a single friendly bone in either of our bodies towards one another.”

9. His comments on body image

Piers has had a problem with Kim Kardashian for longer than we care to remember, but it was his gross remarks about her body that really got fans, after she was photographed with - shock horror! - cellulite.

When ‘GMB’ co-host Susanna Reid said it was something to be celebrated, he snarled: “Why would we celebrate it? We put up with it, tolerate it, but not accept it. Flaws should not be celebrated.” 

10. His sexist and ageist comments about Madonna

“She is becoming increasingly grotesque and embarrassing,” Piers said of pop icon Madonna last year. “To watch a woman in her late-50s cavorting around in fishnet stockings, falling over, swearing, shouting and behaving like a… you can fill in the blank. I find it absolutely toe-curling.”

We find it equally toe curling seeing a man critique a woman in this way, but there you go.

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