Piers' Trump chat beaten in ratings by HIGNFY repeat

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Piers Morgan made a pretty big deal out of his interview with United States President Donald Trump and how he was the only person in the UK to get that opportunity.

Viewers slammed the interview as being nothing more than a chat, accusing the host of asking him fluff questions, rather than pressing them and trying to wind them up like every other interview he does. Morgan defended the interview, saying he didn't have much time and didn't think it was the right setting to go too hard with his questions, but people at home said they weren't having it.

That was proven by a post-news airing of the interview on July 16, which was beaten in the ratings by a repeat of a 2017 episode of Have I Got News for You, with 1.2 million viewers to HIGNFY's 1.5 million. Awks.

Stephen Mangan, who hosted the episode in question, shared a tweet from a TV reporter and added a Trump-esque caption: "A repeat of me hosting #HIGNFY got more viewers than an interview with the failing low-ratings @realdonaldtrump Sad!"

Morgan, who normally loves to boast about his ratings, obviously had to tweet to defend himself from the embarrassment, stating: "As everyone knows, my Trump interview had already aired all morning on @GMB - to very strong ratings. Then we re-aired it all at 10.50pm for those who missed it.

"But hey, if people want to ignore that to make themselves happy, then I'm happy for them!"

Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid won't be on Good Morning Britain until September, and after he lost a who can get the most retweets competition earlier today, he threatened to quit the show forever.

He was joking, but people can dream, eh?

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.

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