He doesn’t shy away from controversy so it’s little wonder, then, that Piers Morgan is celebrating his involvement in one of the most controversial TV broadcasts of 2017.
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The Good Morning Britain host took to Twitter to celebrate when The i revealed that the September 5th broadcast of Good Morning Britain – featuring Dr Michael Davidson, who claimed her could offer a ‘cure’ for homosexuality – was the most complained-about piece of television of the past twelve months.
“Boom” wrote Morgan. “No 1”, followed by a series of fist pump emojis.
BOOM! No1 ???????? https://t.co/4O1IgPxI0W
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 27, 2017
Morgan challenged Davidson’s views on air at the time.
“You know what we call these people [who offer conversion therapy]? We call them horrible little bigots in the modern world. Bigoted people who talk complete claptrap and, in my view, a malevolent and dangerous part of our society”, he said.
1,142 complaints were lodged with Ofcom as viewers criticised ITV for giving Davidson a platform.
The interview was one of just two broadcasts to receive more than 1000 complaints in the past twelve months. The second was a Sky News Press Preview from June 20th, during which journalist Melanie Phillips made comments about Muslim people which were considered to be inflammatory.
Top 10 most complained about broadcasts of 2017 (up to December 20th) were:
- Good Morning Britain, ITV, 5 September – 1,142 complaints
- Press Preview, Sky News, 20 June – 1,063 complaints
- Britain’s Got Talent, ITV, 1 June – 665 complaints about a dress worn by judge Amanda Holden
- Coronation Street, ITV, 27 October – 541 complaints over violent scenes featuring Pat Phelan broadcast before the watershed
- Comic Relief 2017, BBC 1, 24 March – 339 complaints about swearing and sexual innuendo
- Emmerdale, ITV, 6 March – 275 complaints over prison scenes featuring violence and abuse
- I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! ITV, 7 December – 243 complaints about alleged bullying towards Iain Lee
- This Morning, ITV, 13 November – 181 complaints about interviewee’s comments on transgender issues
- Good Morning Britain, ITV, 20 June – 176 complaints following an interview with English Defence League co-founder Tommy Robinson
- Benidorm, ITV, 3 May – 137 complaints about comments made about a character with a cleft lip