GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2021: Beaming Piers Morgan parties with glamorous wife Celia Walden after his tirade at Meghan Markle’s Oprah lies was CLEARED by Ofcom
- Piers, 56, seemed in the mood to celebrate with his wife Celia, 45, after being cleared by the TV watchdog
- On Wednesday Ofcom cleared Piers and Good Morning Britain of breaching the broadcasting code
- ITV’s director of TV Kevin Lygo said to be fighting a ‘one-man mission’ to bring him back to GMB
Piers Morgan attended the 2021 GQ Awards on Wednesday night with his wife Celia Walden hours after he was triumphantly cleared of breaching broadcasting rules by Ofcom.
The presenter, 56, was undoubtedly in the mood to celebrate as he joined his glamorous partner, 45 at the star-studded soiree held at London’s Tate Modern.
Beaming as he posed at the event, Piers looked dapper in a fitted black suit while cosying up to Celia, who looked phenomenal in a low-cut black leather dress.
GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2021: Beaming Piers Morgan partied with glamorous wife Celia Walden on Wednesday after his tirade at Meghan Markle’s Oprah lies was CLEARED by Ofcom
While on their way to the venue, Piers snapped a selfie with Celia that he captioned with a fitting Winston Churchill quote.
It read: ‘Everyone is in favour of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.’ – Winston Churchill. #gqmoty’
The pair toasted with a glass of champagne as they attended the red carpet event just hours after Ofcom confirmed his right to free speech by dismissing more than 57,000 complaints about his criticism of Meghan Markle including ‘not believing a word’ she told Oprah Winfrey about her experiences of suicidal thoughts.
Following the ruling questions remained over whether there is still a ‘slim chance’ that Piers could return to host Good Morning Britain.
Ready to let loose! The presenter, 56, was undoubtedly in the mood to celebrate as he joined his glamorous partner, 45 at the star-studded soiree held at London’s Tate Modern
It was also reported in The Sun that ITV’s director of television Kevin Lygo, described as a ‘big fan’ of Piers, is on a ‘one-man mission’ to bring him back, although an insider said he was currently ‘fighting a losing battle internally’.
The development came after the UK’s broadcasting watchdog called attempts to silence MailOnline columnist Piers a ‘chilling restriction on freedom of expression’ after the Duchess of Sussex was among a wave of people who complained that his questioning of her account of royal racism and suicidal thoughts was ‘harmful’ and ‘offensive’ to viewers.
Following the announcement however, ITV revealed they ‘have no current plans to invite him to present Good Morning Britain’, with one source saying: ‘Piers decided to leave. We accepted his decision.’
Something to smile about? Beaming as he posed at the event, Piers looked dapper in a fitted black suit as he headed out after his Ofcom victory
Something to say: While on their way to the venue, Piers snapped a selfie with Celia that he captioned with a fitting Winston Churchill quote
The Sun said that despite Kevin’s lobbying, Good Morning Britain bosses viewed there being a ‘slim to no chance’ that Piers would return to the ITV show, which he quit in the aftermath of the coverage of Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview which Ofcom went on to investigate.
It remains to be seen if other hosting roles at the network could be made available.
Speaking about losing his GMB job after the Ofcom decision, Piers said: ‘I didn’t want to lose my job in the first place. But I only really want to work for someone who supports freedom of speech and free expression, and I felt frankly that ITV let me down and let their viewers down.’
Complaints: More than 57,000 people – including Meghan – contacted Ofcom after Piers said he didn’t believe the Duchess’s claims about experiencing suicidal thoughts
Petitions to have Piers reinstated in his GMB role are still being signed, with three different appeals on Change.org reaching a collective total of 264,201 signatures.
Executives at ITV are currently hunting for a potential permanent replacement as the programme struggles with viewer figures. It is believed Martin Lewis and Richard Bacon are among the favourites.
It comes as Piers revealed the number of job offers he has received since leaving ITV’s flagship breakfast show has ‘accelerated’ since he was found not to have breach Ofcom’s broadcasting code.
GQ MEN OF THE YEAR 2021: THE WINNERS
BAND OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Wolf Alice
BOSS BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Kingsley Ben-Adir
BOSS LEADING MEN OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Paul Bettany
DEEZER BREAKTHROUGH MUSIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Arlo Parks
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Brunello Cucinelli
GAME CHANGER OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Dame Vivienne Westwood
HEROES OF THE YEAR
WINNERS: Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, Dr Catherine Green and the team behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine
WINNER: Sacha Baron Cohen
INSPIRATION OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Gareth Southgate
JAGUAR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR
WINNERS: Team GB & Paralympics GB
WINNER: Sir Anthony Hopkins
MADDOX GALLERY ARTIST OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Bobby Gillespie
PERONI NASTRO AZZURRO BREAKTHROUGH DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Harris Reed
SOLO ARTIST OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Ed Sheeran
STANDOUT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Regé-Jean Page
TELEVISION ACTOR OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Adrian Dunbar
WRITER OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Quentin Tarantino