Claire Sweeney defends sticking up for Piers Morgan following his 'Good Morning Britain' exit

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2018/06/27: Claire Sweeney arrives on the red carpet during the On Your Feet - Musical Press Night  at the London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane. (Photo by Brett Cove/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Claire Sweeney has defended sticking up for Piers Morgan. (Brett Cove/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Clare Sweeney has defended sticking up for former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan following his exit from the show.

Talking to the Express, the Liverpudlian Brookside actor said she is a "big fan" of the presenter.

"I love Piers Morgan and you haven't always got to agree – that's why free speech is important and I admire that, he stands by his front,” Sweeney said.

Morgan quit GMB in March after receiving a backlash for saying he "didn't believe a word" of Meghan Markle revelations in her interview with Oprah Winfrey. The Duchess of Sussex had revealed that she had felt suicidal after appealing to Buckingham Palace officials for support.

Piers Morgan (ITV)
Piers Morgan (ITV)

Explaining her stance, Sweeney continued: "He's got balls of steel and I'm a big fan of Piers, big fan, and I supported him publicly on social media and then didn't look at my Twitter for a week because I knew I would get absolutely abused but I didn't care."

The BBC Radio Merseyside presenter went on to say she thinks he is “sorely missed” on the ITV breakfast show because he “shook it up”, and that it's not the same without him.

Claire Sweeney during the 2011 Heart FM Have a Heart appeal, raising money for Children's Hospices UK, at the Heart FM studios in Leicester Square, central London.   (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
Claire Sweeney in 2011 (Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)

Sweeney, 50, showcased her support for the former newspaper editor by sharing Morgan’s Mail On Sunday column in which he broke his silence on his departure to her 51,600 Twitter followers.

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She quote tweeted the article saying: "Brilliant article @piersmorgan. Miss you so much on @GMB."

Morgan’s departure from the show last month came after he said he didn’t believe the Duchess of Sussex’s claims and “wouldn’t trust her to read a weather report”, in comments that attracted over 57,000 complaints to the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom.

Piers Morgan walks off-set on<em> Good Morning Britain</em>. (ITV)
Piers Morgan walks off-set on Good Morning Britain. (ITV)

Meghan's claims in the interview included that she had been denied help from Buckingham Palace officials to seek help for mental health issues and that there had been discussions prior to the birth of her son Archie about his potential skin colour.

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The following day, Morgan walked off the GMB set after an on-air row with weather presenter Alex Beresford, who was there to discuss his experiences with racism.

Shortly afterwards, Morgan said he would not be returning to the programme.

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