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WW Update4,884 posts since 6 Feb 2007
He's off now for at least a couple of weeks so the people moaning about Piers can go back to moaning about it being boring without him. Absolutely agree though it feels like the views of Piers have now become the editorial policy of the show. Has there been a change in editor?


It's not the people moaning about Piers who moan that it's boring without him. It's his supporters, who seem to think he's the greatest thing in broadcasting and journalism.


I almost gagged recently when someone on this very forum called him "the only voice of sanity" (or something similarly absurd).
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james-20015,348 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
He's off now for at least a couple of weeks so the people moaning about Piers can go back to moaning about it being boring without him. Absolutely agree though it feels like the views of Piers have now become the editorial policy of the show. Has there been a change in editor?


It's not the people moaning about Piers who moan that it's boring without him. It's his supporters, who seem to think he's the greatest thing in broadcasting and journalism.


I almost gagged recently when someone on this very forum called him "the only voice of sanity" (or something similarly absurd).


Has James Martin returned to TVF? Razz
Andrew13,842 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I wonder how many British people have watched Fox and Friends? It is a great laugh, three presenters on a horrible sofa spouting pro-Trump news stories and ass kissing Mr President whenever they can.

Also Trump phones into the show a lot - can you imagine Boris Johnson phoning into Good Morning Britain at 6.45am?

The worst Trump ass kisser on Fox and Friends has to be Steve Doocy - a true slime ball who is often nicknamed Steve Douchebag by comedians.

Of course Piers is nothing like that, as many of his rants are not political.

Often he is counter acting whatever yesterday’s ‘outrage of the week is’, and in reality if we didn’t live in this world where people are constantly getting outraged about stuff we wouldn’t have Piers coming in and ranting about the outrage.

It’s no different to talk radio and the likes of LBC really, people mouthing off and generating news articles and social media discussion.
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ben.anderson54 posts since 9 Mar 2015
Anglia (East) Look East
I don't think anyone was outraged about vegan sausage rolls other than him. Why would they be? It's not as if we have to eat them.


That's the exact problem I have with piers now. When he first started out (whether you agreed or not with him) he debated about proper issues in the news. Now they want an 'outrage' on a daily basis for some cheap headlines and now the stupid stuff comes out like vegan susage rolls, being a vegan, having man flu and all that trash.
all new Phil3,325 posts since 12 Feb 2005
Granada North West Today
I don't think anyone was outraged about vegan sausage rolls other than him. Why would they be? It's not as if we have to eat them.

He’s playing a character. If anyone thinks he’s being serious in any of his rants, they maybe need to take a step back and stop getting consumed by outrage themselves. That’s what he’s trolling.
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WW Update4,884 posts since 6 Feb 2007
I don't think anyone was outraged about vegan sausage rolls other than him. Why would they be? It's not as if we have to eat them.

He’s playing a character. If anyone thinks he’s being serious in any of his rants, they maybe need to take a step back and stop getting consumed by outrage themselves. That’s what he’s trolling.


But is it really OK these days for adults to play characters and troll people for the sake of getting attention?
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ChipperBird65 posts since 20 Jun 2017
Anglia (East) Look East
I don't think anyone was outraged about vegan sausage rolls other than him. Why would they be? It's not as if we have to eat them.


That's the exact problem I have with piers now. When he first started out (whether you agreed or not with him) he debated about proper issues in the news. Now they want an 'outrage' on a daily basis for some cheap headlines and now the stupid stuff comes out like vegan susage rolls, being a vegan, having man flu and all that trash.


The Vegan Sausage roll thing was something Piers actually wasn't seriously that bothered about. I imagine he did it much to use outrage to drum up sales, considering he teased Susanne a lot on her organic diet stuff and was quite willing to take up a dare on doing vegan/organic diet if they won the NTA's last year. I'm sure he does genuinely enjoy his meat, but when I did watch GMB (live abroad now) - I generally got the impression it was put on a bit, which isn't entirely unusual for TV...




But is it really OK these days for adults to play characters and troll people for the sake of getting attention?


Most presenters/personalities in the public space will usually exaggerate aspects of their personal self for a public persona while actually being a bit different in real life. You wouldn't have your Kenny Everett, Johnny Ball, Ant & Dec and Stephen Mulhern's if they just acted as they would in a non-camera running setting.

That and tbh TV is more interesting that way. Sometimes you want to see people play wack-a-doodle versions of themselves. That's why shows like Big Breakfast and SM:TV live generally go down as some classic TV. I wouldn't want "character" presenting to ever be totally phased out.
WW Update4,884 posts since 6 Feb 2007
Most presenters/personalities in the public space will usually exaggerate aspects of their personal self for a public persona while actually being a bit different in real life. You wouldn't have your Kenny Everett, Johnny Ball, Ant & Dec and Stephen Mulhern's if they just acted as they would in a non-camera running setting.


True, but Morgan isn't an actor or a comedian. He's not hosting a game show. He's covering real-life issues and interviewing real-life people -- all while "playing a character" and trolling people. Where does the entertainment end and the news begin?
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Rkolsen2,905 posts since 20 Jan 2014
BBC World News
I think the poll is just GMB getting attention for itself.

Everything about GMB at the moment tells me they care about grabbing the headlines (whether for positive or negative reasons) more than they do about putting on a genuinely high quality informative news programme.

The megaphone 'stunt' with Boris Johnson, the constant interviews with people only brought on so that they clash with Piers, the 'quirky' morons who are just there to make people tweet about how weird the interview is, e.g. the broccoli idiot yesterday, the 'should we sack Piers' poll... it's becoming the TV equivalent of The Daily Star, only with less skin on show.


Becoming? It's been like that for quite a long time. It's the Daily Mail on TV.


There is already a show that’s just that here in the US but locally (and in many markets gets a graveyard slot) here where I am it’s at 12AM. It is so low rent from the existing tabloid/celebrity news shows. It’s produced by Dr. Phil’s production company/Distributed by CBS. The show is so low rent/cheap it records from the studios of their NYC affiliate WPIX, uses all their set elements, where the PIX 11 logo is they put in a cardboard show logo that really clashes with the rest of the sets metal look:

Don’t let anyone treat you like you’re a VO/SOT when you’re a PKG.
JamesWorldNews8,315 posts since 22 Aug 2004
STV Central BBC World News

It's not the people moaning about Piers who moan that it's boring without him. It's his supporters, who seem to think he's the greatest thing in broadcasting and journalism.


I almost gagged recently when someone on this very forum called him "the only voice of sanity" (or something similarly absurd).


Has James Martin returned to TVF? Razz


I never left!!!! And I said no such thing of Piers. Oh no.
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Steve Williams2,856 posts since 1 Aug 2008
I feel there are some at Good Morning Britain (mostly Piers) who still gets sick to their stomach that the bland bore fest that is BBC Breakfast gets nearly double the ratings each day than they do, and they are throwing everything they have got at their disposal to get attention and try and boost ratings.


I'm one of those who quite enjoyed piers way of presenting, at least its different to the BBC borefest .


It's the news. News is boring.
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