Piers Morgan cleared by Ofcom after 4,000 complaints made

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Piers Morgan has been cleared of treating government ministers "unfairly" during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Good Morning Britain host will not be investigated by the media regulator for "combative" interviews with government ministers which garnered 4,000 complaints.

More than 3,200 of complaints about the host centred on interviews with Care Minister Helen Whately earlier this month.

The presenter had accused the MP of laughing and smiling during the interview, which Ms Whately denied.

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A further 600 complaints came after an interview with Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

Piers shared the news on his Twitter page.

He said: "BREAKING NEWS: I've been emphatically cleared by @Ofcom of treating Govt ministers 'unfairly' during this crisis. Verdict: 'Viewers would expect him to challenge senior politicians and hold them to account".

"Thank you to everyone that supported me."

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Ofcom said "viewers would expect him to challenge senior politicians and hold them to account", reports the BBC.

A statement said: "His guests were given adequate opportunity to put their points across and counter the presenter's criticisms.

"In Ofcom's view, in line with freedom of expression, it is clearly in the public interest that broadcasters are able to hold those making political decisions to account, particularly during a major national crisis, such as the coronavirus pandemic."

Ofcom received 1,981 complaints about Morgan's interview with Ms Whately on April 15, after he repeatedly pushed her for an answer on how many care home residents had died of coronavirus, as well as why politicians had been tested when care workers had not, and how many health workers had died.

She accused him of "shouting at me and not giving me a chance to answer your questions" and "attempting to score points".

There were 1,246 more complaints after she returned to the programme a week later, when he accused her of misleading people and questioned her about the government's testing and the number of care home deaths.

Piers Morgan accused Helen Whately MP of laughing during an interview.

He said: "You've come back on this programme after what many thought was a trainwreck interview last week because you didn't know these numbers, and you still don't know."

She claimed he was being "unreasonable" and said "the problem is you keep on interrupting".

When Mr Hancock appeared on April 16, Morgan said the health secretary's "resolute refusal to concede that you've made any mistakes grates with me".

Mr Hancock accused the host of repeatedly interrupting him.

The heath secretary said: "I will answer these questions and if you interrupt me again I will just keep talking, so don't, thank you."

The regulator received a further 266 complaints about seven other interviews Morgan conducted with political figures in April.

Piers' recent tweet about being cleared by Ofcom currently has more than 9,000 likes.

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