Manchester Arena attack: Piers Morgan accused of 'hate-mongering' during Coronation Street interview

Manchester Arena attack: Piers Morgan accused of 'hate-mongering' during Coronation Street interview

Piers Morgan has been criticised after comments he made on Good Morning Britain about the Manchester attack.

The GMB co-host was interviewing actresses Sally Dynevor and Connie Hyde, who play Sally Mecalfe and Gina Seddon on Manchester-based show Coronation Street, about the events in the city that took place the night before.

Morgan said: "At some point there has to be a more concerted effort by the Muslim community to root out these people whose brains have been completely warped into thinking that this is the way they should be behaving."

Viewers said his approach to the interview was "irresponsible" and accused him of hate-mongering.

Dynevor and Hyde have been praised for how they handled the comment, where they refuted Morgan's claims and said that "we have to carry on".

"I don't know if that [comment] is helping the families affected today," Hyde said. "I think this is anger and we should not think like that."

Morgan argued: "I think anger is the right emotion, I do."

Dynevor then said: "We cannot do that. This was just one individual. It's very rare and we cannot allow this to stop us. We have to carry on.

"I woke up this morning and couldn't believe it. But we have to think of all the wonderful things people did last night. The way that people were coming out to help one another was amazing.

"Love has to come through, not hate. We have to remember all the good things people are doing and not concentrate on the hate."

22 people were killed in the attack at Manchester Arena and 59 others injured. Police have said that children are among the dead.

The attacker, whom police say was on his own, died in the explosion from what is said to have been a home-made bomb.

Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed that the incident is being treated as a terrorist attack, making it the deadliest to occur on UK soil since the 7/7 suicide bombings in July 2005, where 52 people were killed.

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The Independent has contacted ITV for comment.