Piers Morgan taunts Boris Johnson after PM’s security team asked for him to be kept away from GMB host while visiting ITV for coronavirus interview on This Morning
- Prime Minister’s team made just one request ahead of visit to White City studios
- Demanded the interview fall on a day when Piers wouldn’t be in the building
- Comes after Mr Johnson repeatedly dodged host during election campaign
- He was seen diving into a fridge in order to avoid the journalist in December
Piers Morgan has mocked Boris Johnson after the Prime Minister’s security team requested he be kept away from the journalist ahead of an interview.
The Good Morning Britain host ridiculed him on social media today following the revelation.
It came after one of Mr Johnson’s officer’s demanded to know where the journalist’s dressing was as the PM was preparing for an interview on This Morning at the ITV studios.
Boris Johnson is pictured on Thursday’s This Morning ahead of which his security team demanded that he be kept away from Piers Morgan
A source told The Sun last night: ‘Piers has form for making guests squirm and making them say things they later come to rue.
‘Boris has repeatedly refused to appear on GMB despite numerous requests from researchers, bookers and even Piers himself.
‘So when police checked out the studios to ensure they were safe, nervous Boris’s team wanted reassurance that Piers wouldn’t pounce on Boris behind the scenes or put him on the spot again live on air. He was terrified.’
Today Piers tweeted: ‘SERIOUSLY, @BorisJohnson? What are you scared of exactly? I’d have thought you have bigger things to worry about..’
Piers (pictured on Good Morning Britain with co-host Susanna Reid) repeatedly asked the PM to come onto his show during the election campaign only for Mr Johnson to hide in a fridge
Staffers demanded that the PM be allowed to film on a Thursday when Piers was not in London’s White City studios.
Mr Johnson appeared on This Morning to be quizzed on the coronavirus outbreak by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.
It comes after the PM dodged Piers repeatedly during the General Election campaign in December.
He was even seen jumping into a fridge in a bid to avoid being questioned as his minder Robert Oxley swore at GMB’s roving reporter.
Altercation: His frustrated minder Robert Oxley said: ‘For f***s sake’ to GMB’s roving reporter Jonathan Swain in an extraordinary live TV exchange, left. Boris Johnson sought refuge in a fridge and emerged several minutes later with a crate of orange juice, right
In February political reporters staged a walk-out in Downing Street today in protest at attempts By Number 10 to prevent several news organisations from a Government Brexit briefing.
Senior figures from the Daily Mail, Times, Sun, BBC and Sky were among those who refused to attend the event with David Frost, Boris Johnson’s Europe advisor, in Westminster.
They had been invited to the technical non-political briefing by the civil servant, but organisations including the Mirror, Independent, PA Media and the Huffington Post had not.
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