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Piers Morgan admits fearing GMB host job axe as he talks ‘packing his bags’

Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan, 55, has opened up on his fears about losing his job after winning the TV Personality Of The Year gong at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2020.

Piers revealed that winning at the annual ceremony has been a "double-edged sword" for him over the years, after losing two jobs after winning the award in the past.

The GMB host joked that he could end up losing his TV role after he was informed about his award this year.

It comes after Piers was named Newspaper Editor Of The Year in 2003, shortly before he lost his position at the Daily Mirror after publishing fake pictures of alleged British troop misconduct in Iraq.

He was then awarded TV Personality Of The Year by GQ back in 2013, before his CNN show Piers Morgan Live was axed due to low ratings.

Piers said in his Mail On Sunday Event column: "The GQ Men Of The Year Awards have always been a double-edged sword for me.

"I've won a coveted gong twice.

"In 2003 I was named Newspaper Editor Of The Year for the Daily Mirror’s campaign against the Iraq War, and in 2013 I was GQ’s TV Personality Of The Year for my campaign at CNN against America’s insane gun culture.

"But I lost both the jobs I won the awards for within a few months of the ceremonies, which rather took the gloss off things."

He continued: "So my heart both swelled and sank when GQ notified me several weeks ago that I was to be its TV Personality Of The Year again, this time for my 'unwavering interrogation of the Government’s woeful response to the pandemic, and your refusal to carry out soft interviews in order to get access, despite that access having since been taken away'.

"Obviously, my first thought was ‘BOOM!’… and my second thought was ‘Oh no, I really enjoy doing Good Morning Britain’.

"Was it worth the risk to accept? I concluded it was, given that just walking out of our front doors these days presents a real and present danger to our lives."

He finished: "It’s the first time I’ve adorned the front of my favourite magazine, but at least I only had to wait 55 years – Captain Tom had to wait 100 for his debut!

"I do feel genuinely chuffed, though, even if I now have to start pre-emptively packing my GMB bags."

Piers has been presenting on GMB since 2015 alongside Susanna, and they marked their five year anniversary on the show together earlier this week.

GMB continues on Monday at 6am on ITV.

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