Piers Morgan: GMB star hits out at BBC following Andrew Neil step down ‘Treated shabbily’

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Piers Morgan, 55, took to Twitter to share with his 7.6 million followers his shock over Andrew Neil’s decision to step down from the BBC, after working for the broadcaster since 1994. Andrew announced that he would be “leaving” the BBC after irreparable “damage” was done when his show was cancelled in the early summer.

Piers threw his support behind the Scottish presenter as he wished him the “best of luck” in his “exciting new venture” as he becomes chairman of GB News, which will launch next year.

The ITV host typed: “Wow. Massive blow to the BBC but no more than they deserve after treating you so shabbily. 

“Best of luck in your exciting new venture, Maestro – not that you need it. 

“You’re still Britain’s best & sharpest, political interviewer, “ he added.

In response, fans said they would miss Andrew’s “impartial” interviewing style, as they applauded his professionalism.

One wrote: “What annoys me most about @afneil is that I can never work out if he’s a Leftist, Centrist or Right-wing which is a good thing I suppose and every interviewer should come across like that. Kudos to Mr Neil.”

Another replied: “He’s a leftie I believe but kudos for his apparent impartiality at work. I love him.” (sic)

A third commented: “By far the best political interviewer and sad to see him go. Not surprised the BBC dropped him though as he doesn’t fit the mould of towing their left of centre line. The only top-end interviewer they have left now is Andrew Marr.”

Andrew surprised viewers by announcing his departure from the BBC after failing to agree with the new Director-General Tim Davie over “other programming opportunities”.

He tweeted: “With (a) heavy heart I announce I will be leaving the BBC. 

“Despite sterling efforts by new DG to come up with other programming opportunities, it could not quite repair (the) damage done when Andrew Neil Show cancelled early summer + Politics Live taken off air.

“But I leave with no animosity or desire to settle scores. I look back on my 25 years doing live political programmes for the BBC with affection. 

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“And gratitude for brilliant colleagues at Millbank, who always made sure I went into the studio fully briefed and equipped for the fray.

“They were/are the best of the best. If they can make me look good, they can make anybody look good. “

The legendary TV host finished the thread by wishing the new director-general the best of luck and insisted there were no hard feelings over the move.

“There could have been a different outcome but for reasons too dull to adumbrate, we’ll leave it there. I wish the BBC and the new DG well. The BBC will always be special to me

He added: “As for the future, I’m delighted to announce I have accepted the post of Chairman of GB News, a new news channel to be launched early in the New Year bringing new perspectives to the news. I will also be presenting a new nightly prime-time show on GB News. Watch this space.”

Tim Davie was announced as the new director-general in June and has already shaken up the public broadcaster.

He backtracked on a recent decision to not sing the lyrics of “Land of Hope and Glory” after it was condemned by some including the Prime Minister who claimed it “an orgy of national embarrassment”.

The director-general has also introduced a two-tier license fee with a chose between a basics package and a premium service for shows like Bodyguard.

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