Amidst news that his flagship primetime talk show on TalkTV has now dropped to fewer than 24,000 viewers, talk show host and professional walk-off merchant (Check whether this is a typo – Ed.) Piers Morgan has now taken to calling on unsuspecting members of the public at home in a vain attempt to cause some confrontation and controversy.
Banging on doors in leafy St Albans, Morgan is prepared for any eventuality: carrying a case containing a steak baguette should a vegan answer; a Union Flag in case someone isn’t looking forward to the upcoming jubilee; and a crucifix just in case he runs into Meghan Markle.
At his first house, Morgan draws a blank, meeting 89-year old Doris who remembers him from Good Morning Britain – and misses him on that – though she prefers Adil Ray who, ‘speaks very nicely for a foreign.’ However, at house number two he hits paydirt when the door is opened by Niall, a 36-year old freelance graphic designer, who has been working from home since the pandemic started. After a five minute rant about lazy millennials wanting it all, Morgan walks away puce-faced but satisfied someone has felt his wrath.
Speaking after the encounter, Niall remained upbeat, remarking, ‘It was brief but kind of fun. I didn’t even get a chance to tell him I’m pescatarian, or my pronouns are they/them, but I think he just needed to blow off some steam after being cooped up in that studio with only the crew to be angry towards. His producer gave me a release form to sign and reminded me to tune in tonight, but I think I’ll stick to my repeats of Bake Off.’
Morgan says he plans to continue this one-man crusade to shock until his ratings recover. Failing that, he plans to increase the annoyance he can bring to Britain’s doorsteps by becoming a Jehovah’s Witness.
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