Piers Morgan is one of the most popular British media personality of his generation. He started off his career as a writer and editor for several tabloid papers before transitioning to become a television personality, talent show judge, and talk show host.
Morgan is best known on the international stage for being a judge on Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent. He also got a lot of attention for his views on American gun laws during his time with CNN when he was hired to host Piers Morgan Tonight, a replacement show for Larry King Live following King’s retirement.
Piers Morgan was born Piers Stefan O’Meara to Gabrielle Georgina Sybille and Vincent Eamonn O’Meara on March 30, 1965, in Newick, Sussex, England. Following the death of his father and subsequent remarriage of his mother when he was an infant, Morgan took the surname of his stepfather and started going by the name Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan.
Morgan grew up in Sussex where he first attended a private school before later switching to a public school due to financial constraints. His first school was Cumnor House but then he switched to Chailey School and later Priory School. He went on to enroll at Harlow College where he studied Journalism.
After graduating college, Morgan became a reporter for newspapers in Surrey and South London. After about a decade, he was recruited to The Sun newspaper to be an entertainment/show business column writer. His big break came in 1994 when he was handpicked by media mogul Rupert Murdoch to become the editor of News of the World.
Morgan, who became the youngest person to run a national newspaper, stayed on the job for just a year before leaving after he had complaints filed against him for breaching the editors’ code of conduct. He went on to become editor of The Mirror, a position he held till he was fired in 2004 for publishing false photos of British soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners.
A career in television followed immediately afterward for Morgan as he began hosting political chat shows while doing celebrity interviews. In 2006, he became a judge on America’s Got Talent and later on, on Britain’s Got Talent before going to compete on Celebrity Apprentice.
In 2011, he was hired by CNN to replace Larry King’s timeslot. His show was later canceled in 2014 due to poor ratings which Morgan attributed to his anti-gun stance. In April 2017, Piers Morgan was invited to guest host Good Morning Britain on ITV. Later on that year, ITV hired him as a permanent co-host of the show.
Piers Morgan’s Net Worth
It is no surprise that Piers Morgan is one of the highest earning media personalities in Britain. It is estimated that the Good Morning Britain show host has a net worth of around $20 million.
He made most of his fortune from his various shows on ITV and other networks and newspapers in a career that has lasted for almost three decades.
Piers Morgan is currently in his second marriage. He is married to British journalist, and novelist Celia Morgan (nee Walden). The couple began dating sometime in 2006 before exchanging vows at a private ceremony in Swinbrook, a village in Oxfordshire on June 24, 2010.
He was previously married to Marion Shalloe.
Piers Morgan has a total of four children; three sons and a daughter. He had his first three children with his ex-wife and the last with Celia. They are Spencer William Morgan who was born in July 1993, Stanley Christopher Morgan born in June 1997, Albert Douglas Morgan born in December 2000, and then Elise Morgan born in November 2011.
Is Piers Morgan Gay?
As can be seen from his marriage history, Piers Morgan is definitely not gay. He has, however, been accused in the past of being sexually attracted to men, most notably by former White House aide and Celebrity Apprentice contender Omarosa Manigault-Newman.
According to Morgan, Omarosa accused him of being gay after he declined to have sex with her and be involved in a romance on the show. Following the accusations, Morgan said he jokingly kissed country music singer Trace Adkins to make her angrier.
Morgan was most recently depicted as being gay after he was portrayed in a cartoon with his face in President Donald Trump’s backside. The cartoon was published after Piers Morgan became the first international journalist to interview the president.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Piers Stefan O’Meara
Date of Birth: March 30, 1965
Place of Birth: Newick, Sussex, England
Height: 6 feet 1 inch (1.85m)
Weight: 104 kg
Zodiac Sign: Aries