Piers Morgan turned down 'about 20' jobs before taking News Corp role

Piers Morgan left 'GMB' earlier this year. (Brett Cove / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Piers Morgan left 'GMB' earlier this year. (Brett Cove / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

Piers Morgan has revealed he turned down around 20 jobs before deciding to make his TV return on a brand new channel from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

The presenter, 56, has been weighing up his options since storming out of ITV's Good Morning Britain in March following a row over his comments about Meghan Markle.

Morgan has now landed a global show on new channel talkTV – and it seems he wasn’t short of offers.

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He told The Sun he turned down “about 20” jobs before picking one.

The talkTV channel will offer current affairs, entertainment, sports, documentaries and debate.

Morgan will have a key role presenting a flagship evening show that will air in the US and Australia as well as in the UK.

He said he was “delighted” to be returning to the organisation, 30 years after he first worked there.

“It’s a big move, and a hugely exciting one,” said the star.

“News Corp is a company that believes in free speech, and doesn’t sign up to cancel culture or pander to the woke brigade. Everyone there has tough skins and won’t succumb to pressure from Twitter or anything else.”

Piers Morgan has landed a new show. (ITV)
Piers Morgan has landed a new show. (ITV)

Murdoch said that Morgan "is 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," he said.

“He has many passionate fans around the world and we look forward to expanding his audience in the UK, at FOX Nation, Sky News Australia, The Sun and the New York Post.”

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Along with his new programme, Morgan has bagged two weekly online columns for News Corp titles the Sun and the New York Post.

The broadcaster also has a deal to pen the follow-up to his bestselling book Wake Up.

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