Piers Morgan, the Good Morning Britain television host, just signed a very large deal with Fox News magnate Rupert Murdoch to be a weekly columnist for The New York Post. The move comes three decades after Murdoch gave Piers Morgan one of his first jobs writing celebrity tabloid news for The Sun, a UK paper that made headlines recently for their coverage of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
As part of the massive deal, Piers Morgan will also host a television show on Fox News Media’s newest channel in the UK, the aptly named talkTV, which is set to premiere in 2022. He will also write weekly columns for The Sun and have his book published by HarperCollins, which Rupert Murdoch also owns.
The 56-year-old GMB host said that he’s, “thrilled to be returning to News Corp. which is where I began my media career more than 30 years ago.”
“Rupert Murdoch has been a constant and fearless champion of free speech and we are going to be building something new and very exciting together,” Piers continued. “I want my global show to be a fearless forum for lively debate and agenda-setting interviews, and a place that celebrates the right of everyone to have an opinion, and for those opinions to be vigorously examined and challenged.”
“I’m also delighted to become a columnist for the Sun and the New York Post, two brilliantly successful and popular newspaper brands,” he boasted. “I’m going home and we’re going to have some fun.”
According to the New York Post press release, Piers will also be narrating a series of true crime documentaries, which will premiere globally on the Fox News Media subscription streaming channel, FOX Nation, and Sky News Australia.
A very controversial journalist and television host, Piers Morgan has also worked on America’s Got Talent, CNN Primetime, and Murdoch’s former News of the World tabloid. His role on Good Morning Britain came to a close when he walked off the set following comments that he treated Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, with little-to-no respect.
The former host had previously called Meghan and Harry’s televised Oprah interview a “two-hour trash-a-thon of our royal family,” and claimed that Meghan was lying throughout the entire special. Many people wondered what would happen to Piers Morgan after the incident, and whether he was fired after he left the set or chose to quit GMB on his own accord.
“Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on,” he tweeted after storming off. “Thanks for all the love, and hate. I’m off to spend more time with my opinions.”
Often in the headlines, Piers Morgan has commented on many American issues over the years through a mostly conservative lens. He has spoken his mind on various platforms regarding gun control, trans rights, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
In one such instance, following an interview with conservative radio hosts Ben Shapiro and Alex Jones, in which he called the gun lobby “stupid,” the White House had to issue a statement defending “the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press” under the constitution.
Suzanne Scott, CEO of FOX News Media, called Piers “an exceptional talent,” adding that she looks forward to “him making an impact and exploring opportunities with him on all of our platforms, especially FOX Nation, where our subscribers will love his new show tackling the subjects everyone is talking about.”
In a statement given to The New York Post, Rupert Murdoch said that Piers Morgan was “the broadcaster every channel wants but is too afraid to hire.”
“Piers is a brilliant presenter, a talented journalist, and says what people are thinking and feeling,” Rupert Murdoch continued. “He has many passionate fans around the world and we look forward to expanding his audience.”