Piers Morgan speaks out as ‘1,200 TV staff accuse him of bullying in open letter to ITV’

Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan was final week embroiled in a Twitter spat along with his ex-colleague and former Life Stories researcher Adeel Amini. It started after the previous ITV worker revealed on the platform that he’d “very a lot say no” to working with Piers once more.

It comes after it was reported the Good Morning Britain presenter’s conduct is about to be reviewed by ITV.

Adeel, who now works as a producer, didn’t tag Piers in his preliminary tweet, however the broadcaster took a possibility to reply.

Piers mentioned he’d “relatively make use of a lobotomised Aardvark” than work with Adeel once more.

“You spent exactly two months engaged on Life Stories in 2010 & judging by your CV that was the top of your TV profession,” he added.

A gaggle of TV professionals have reportedly written to ITV CEO Carolyn McCall and Kevin Lygo, managing director of media and leisure, to tackle their considerations.

Piers has since addressed the open letter in view of his 7.7 million followers the place he claimed to have been focused by Adeel and mentioned he’s the “sufferer”.

Retweeting the open letter, Piers wrote on the micro-blogging web site: “Beyond parody.

“Mr Amini focused me, saying he wished to ‘poke the beast.’ I’m due to this fact the sufferer.

He added: “These signatories are actually victim-shaming me. I’ve no selection however to now report my very own ordeal by the hands of these 1,200 victim-shaming bullies to ITV.”

According to a report, the group mentioned they’re “appalled” that Piers is “directing focused abuse” in the direction of a freelancer.

The letter is alleged to have learn: “Like many inside our trade, now we have been appalled by the web conduct of Piers Morgan in directing focused abuse in the direction of a freelancer.

“Morgan, with 7.7 million Twitter followers, has repeatedly focused and tagged a former staff-member in derogatory posts.

“As freelancers working inside tv, we really feel a accountability to converse out in opposition to bullying and harassment wherever we see it, together with from on display screen personalities who’re all too usually poorly reprimanded for unacceptable behaviour and abusive conduct.”

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It reportedly continued: “Last yr, conversations facilitated by The TV Mindset and different organisations, together with The Coalition for Change, BECTU and the Edinburgh Television Festival, reiterated the necessity to eradicate the widespread situation of bullying and harassment.

“Now is the time for motion. We consider silence in the face of harassment is complicity, which in flip permits abusive behaviour to proceed behind the scenes at each stage of programme making.”

It concluded: “In explicit, the abuses of on-screen expertise are all too usually ignored, on the expense of the dignity, well being and security of the freelancers they aim.”

The open letter was organised by an nameless group of freelancers.

According to Deadline, it was reported that they’d gathered assist from 1,188 trade professionals, together with freelancers, commissioners, govt producers, CEOs, and heads of division.

TV mindset – which is headed by Adeel – is a discussion board which goals to assist people’ psychological well being following the affect of the coronavirus pandemic on contract staff.

Express.co.uk has contacted Piers Morgan and ITV representatives for remark.

The freelance TV producer beforehand labored alongside Piers on his ITV show Life Stories.

In a earlier tweet, Adeel mentioned: “I’m gonna poke the beast right here.

“TV freelancers: would you flip down a job primarily based on an organization’s earlier output / who the presenter was / what message the show sends?”

He continued: “(Full disclosure: I labored on P*ers M*rgan’s Life Stories as a researcher however now I’d very a lot say no).”

Following Piers’ response, Broadcast Now reported that the TV character’s conduct was being investigated by ITV.

He retweeted the Broadcast Now article, as the TV anchor retorted that he was doing the identical as Adeel.

He mentioned: “Yes, and I’m discussing abusive hypocrite @adeelamini’s conduct with ITV.”

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