Jeremy Clarkson's stinging 8-word takedown of Piers Morgan to his face on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Jeremy Clarkson hosting Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
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Piers Morgan and Jeremy Clarkson went years without seeing eye-to-eye - but even the combative TV interviewer will have been surprised by the introduction he got when he went on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

In fact, the eight-word announcement on the special celebrity version of the show may well go down as one of the least gracious even aired on British TV. And Piers' replies were no less savage.

Jeremy, 64, invited the audience to welcome the "simply awful human being that is Piers Morgan" in the resurfaced clip - and the jibes didn't end there.

The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host repeatedly referred to his first guest in the special edition as "Piers Organ" and taunted that he wouldn't have any use for his "Phone a Friend" lifeline.

Piers Morgan on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Jeremy Clarkson and Piers Morgan repeatedly traded digs during the episode -Credit:ITV

The historic clip was posted recently on the Clarkson's Farm Instagram account, racking up tens of thousands of likes. One fan wrote: "They both seem to genuinely riff off of and embrace their mutual hatred and yet have it come across somehow in a very amusing yet adult way!"

The pair have a long rocky history that includes brawling at an awards ceremony in 2004 - and rowing on a Concorde flight.

However, Piers didn't take the digs on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? lying down, telling Clarkson in reference to former presenter Chris Tarrant: "I don't watch the show. I used to watch the old one, when it was hosted by a proper stand-up character."

In the end Piers did rely on Jeremy to correctly answer his £8,000 question about insects, despite telling him: "I can think of a million reasons I shouldn't trust you. Including the scar on my forehead."

But in the end it was Good Morning Britain pal Susanna Reid who cost him when he attempted the £16,000 question, when she failed to name the world champion racing driver who had not been an F1 teammates of Lewis Hamilton.

The gamble caused him to tumble down the cash table to just £1,000 - though he did promise to make up the shortfall to his chosen charity out of his own pocket.

Jeremy told Piers smugly: "They do say if you wait by the river bank long enough the bodies of your enemies will come floating by. Yours has just bobbed past me - because that is the wrong answer."

Warming to his theme, he went on: "Now you've humiliated yourself. You've cost yourself £15,000. Actually, very nobly, credit where credit's due, you're going to make up the difference to Scotty's Little Soldiers [a charity for bereaved military children] which is great.

"I'm trying to find a positive spin for you. Let me think. You did get to £4,000 all on your own. But you were brave coming on... and I was brave to have you."