Piers Morgan kicked off his return to GMB on Tuesday morning with an explosive interview with Piers Corbyn, the brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The wide-ranging interview took place after Piers Corbyn said he was slapped with a £10,000 fine under newly-introduced coronavirus laws for organising an anti-lockdown protest in central London.
As the interview kicked off, Piers Morgan introduced him by saying: “He’s controversially denied the existence of climate change, doubted coronavirus and promoted unfounded theories about 5G, and now Piers Corbyn has become one of the first people to be fined £10,000 under coronavirus laws restricting large gatherings.”
Corbyn immediately corrected Susanna Reid, saying “35,000” attended the rally organised by him in London, rather than hundreds.
The interview, lasting 12 minutes, regularly dissolved into shouting – with Dr Hilary Jones saying Piers Corbyn “shouldn’t be on air” and his statements were ‘littered with errors’.
Interjecting in the interview, he took aim at Corbyn’s claims over hydroxychloroquine and zinc as a cure for coronavirus, saying they had been ‘dissed’ already by ‘hundreds of different experts’.
However, drawing the controversial interview to a close, Piers Morgan went on an explosive rant.
Piers Corbyn said: “We’re giving the government a chance to prove under standard tests that it exists”
Piers Morgan said: “Of course it exists, Piers Corbyn! You’re talking complete nonsense, man! 800,000 people have died from this virus, of course it exists.”
Piers Corbyn responded with: “No, they’re labelled as dying”, to which Piers Morgan said: “nobody is labelled as dying from it, nobody has made-up Covid-19!”
Corbyn said: “Well, they have made up these figures, and the government has been caught out” to which Morgan hit back with: “What you’re saying is an insult to the families of every single one of the 800,000 people who have died from a deadly virus that has swept this planet.
“And for you to come on national television and tell those families that ‘what killed your relative doesn’t exist’ is a slap in the teeth and a load of conspiracy theory, whackjob nonsense.”
On Saturday, the Metropolitan Police said a 73-year-old man was arrested in Trafalgar Square at 3.25pm on suspicion of breaking the new Health Protection Regulations 2020. He was informed on Sunday that a fixed penalty notice would be issued for £10,000 for the offence of holding a gathering of more than 30 people in an outdoor place, and had been released from custody, police said.