Piers Morgan reacts to claim he ‘bottled out’ of Sport Relief after Alastair Campbell jibe

Piers Morgan, 54, was a no-show at Sport Relief his evening, but has been tweeting about the live episode. Earlier on in the show, Alastair Campbell, 62, jokingly took a swipe at Piers as he kicked balls at the absent host’s cardboard cutout.

Poor Rita looks like she’d rather be with the cardboard cutout

Piers Morgan

The journalist shared a video of himself urging others to jump all over Piers’ cutout which was placed on the floor.

“Trample all over [it], well done,” he could be heard saying in the clip uploaded to Twitter.

In view of his seven million followers, the Good Morning Britain host replied: “This is damaging my mental health #BeKind.”

Alastair later shared a picture of himself and Rita Ora taking calls behind-the-scenes in the studio in front of the presenter’s cutout.


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He tweeted: “Oh @piersmorgan if only you hadn’t bottled out you could have shared the phones with @RitaOra @sportrelief up and running.”

Hitting back, the Good Morning Britain host replied: “Poor Rita looks like she’d rather be with the cardboard cutout.”

He later shared a picture of the singer pulling a funny face as she stood in front of the cardboard version of Piers.

“Rita looks very over-excited by my Ora @RitaOra,” he wrote.

Earlier today, the father-of-four shared a snap of Alastair and Sophie Raworth standing alongside his cardboard version.

He commented: “BREAKING: Media stars caught stock-piling essential items. @campbellclaret @sophieraworth @sportrelief.”

Elsewhere this evening, viewers flocked to Twitter to share their thoughts about public donations.

Many vented their frustration about host Gary Lineker asking the public to donate to Sport Relief, despite him earning £1.7 million a year.

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One Twitter user wrote: “@BBCNews Mr misery Gary lineker fronting the sports relief. What a turn off. He’s asking us for money when he’s BBC’s highest paid. Bl**dy cheek. Scrap the fee for all. Turned off!”

Another commented: #SportRelief2020 Should be cancelled.

“People have enough to worry about, without the BBC begging for money to give away to people that we don’t know. #SportRelief.”

A third penned: “#SportRelief2020 no, no, no, no, no and no. Sorry, as long as @GaryLineker is hosting, I’ll not give a penny.


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“Why doesn’t he donate some of his fortune? Instead I’ll give £20 to @CrohnsColitisUK, my charity of choice. I can’t abide hypocrisy.”

Another viewer shared: “The #BBC out with the begging bowl again asking us to donate money to #SportRelief2020 which is presented by £1.75m per year Gary Lineker.”

So far on tonight’s show, over £16 million has been raised through public donations.

Sport Relief will be available on BBC iPlayer once the show has aired. 

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