Piers Morgan: ITV breakfast television has been through “a very tempestuous period”

But Good Morning Britain's new recruit is optimistic about the future of the current show and his "lively" and "unpredictable" partnership with co-host Susanna Reid

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ITV’s breakfast TV slot has been through “a very tempestuous period” over the last few years admits its newest recruit Piers Morgan.

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“It’s become very disjointed, lost its identity,” says Morgan in the new issue of Radio Times – but adds that he is optimistic about the future of its current incarnation, Good Morning Britain, which he joins permanently later this month.

Morgan will appear three mornings a week alongside current co-host Susanna Reid and says ITV bosses are keen for their partnership to be “lively” and “unpredictable”.

“[Susanna] treats me like a thoroughly naughty boy,” he teases. 

Morgan has already appeared as a guest host with Reid earlier in the year, earning a mixed reaction on Twitter. The former Mirror editor and CNN presenter, who is also currently editor-at-large for Mail Online’s US operation, is a combative presence on social media, but says he doesn’t care about the abuse he receives online.

“No. Because if I did I would be suicidal… I think if you’re going to be somebody like me, with my kind of persona, you may as well just play up to the whole pantomime villain thing and enjoy it, which I thoroughly do. I never understand why you’d be bothered about what people you don’t know think of you.” 

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Read the full interview in Radio Times magazine available in shops and on the Apple Newsstand from Tuesday 17th November