Piers Morgan finally wins award for TV presenting after Meghan Markle controversy

By Rose Hill & Sara-Aisha Kent

Piers Morgan has scooped up a gong at the 2021 TRIC Awards.

The bolshy TV star - who recently lost out at the NTAs to Geordie TV duo Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnely - was awarded the News Presenter award at The Television and Radio Industries Club award ceremony that took place in Central London on Wednesday.

Piers, 56, successfully beat his former GMB colleague Susanna Reid and reporting legend Huw Edwards to the title.

The ex newspaper editor was full of glee at earning the accolade after already mocking his friend Susanna ahead of the winner being revealed.

Sharing a photo of himself grinning with his award, Piers tweeted: "Victory! ⁦@TRICawards First place medal#TVPresenterOfTheYear."

Earlier, the competitive star had penned: "Looking forward to the prestigious @TRICawards later today.

"I'm nominated for News Presenter of the Year, up against @thehuwedwards and someone called @susannareid100."

"On a positive note, at least Ant & Dec can't win it," the star quipped.

Piers included pictures of his rivals alongside the post.

After noticing Piers' tweet, Susanna shared the post to her own fans and wrote: "This’ll be fun..." alongside a laughing emoji.

It comes after an explosive year for Piers, which saw him storm out of the GMB studio in March following an on-air row with weatherman Alex Beresford.

The day before, Piers had laid into Meghan Markle over her infamous Oprah Winfrey interview with Prince Harry, in which she spoke about experiencing suicidal thoughts and accused a senior royal of racism.

The host declared that he didn't believe the Duchess of Sussex, leading to a ferocious Twitter spat between himself and colleague Alex.

Piers quit GMB after a row with Alex Beresford on-air (ITV)

Piers invited Alex onto the programme, but ended up losing his temper and walking off. He eventually cooled down and returned to set, but later had a meeting with ITV bosses in which he was told he had to apologise for his comments.

After refusing to do so, Piers quit the ITV show.

Last week, Piers was less than impressed that he lost out on a National Television Award.

The outspoken personality left a savage message for his rivals on Twitter, after it was confirmed that Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly had won their 20th Best Presenter award in a row.

His former GMB colleague Susanna Reid was up against him (Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
Huw Edwards was also in the running (Dave Benett/Getty Images)

They beat out competition from Piers as well as This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Alison Hammond as well as the presenter of The Chase, Bradley Walsh.

"Wow! What a shock! Congrats to Ant & Dec," the ex newspaper editor fumed on Twitter.

"Thoroughly deserved 20th consecutive win - the way they held those jungle contestants to account during the pandemic was absolutely brilliant #ntas."

Last week, Piers lost out to an NTA after ant and Dec scooped the prize for the 20th time (Anthony Harvey/REX/Shutterstock)

Piers felt he deserved the win the award as he claimed Ant and Dec hadn't done "anything special" over the past 12 months.

"I deserve to win because everyone’s sick and tired of Ant and Dec automatically winning this award, which bears no relation to reality," he told The Mirror.

"They’ve done nothing special in the last year, even they would admit that.

"I think it’s time the procession came to a shuddering halt and the Morgan bandwagon was rewarded with glory. We can’t have those two little vain-glorious Geordies standing there for the 20th consecutive year.

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