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Piers Morgan blocks Simon McCoy after row over showing numbers

Piers Morgan got into a public dispute with broadcaster Simon McCoy on Twitter on Thursday (May 12) over the ratings of his new series.

Morgan is currently hosting a talk show Uncensoredon the newly launched channel TalkTV.

While its debut episode — which included an interview with Donald Trump — reportedly significantly outperformed competing news networks, TalkTV and Morgan’s programming later suffered a ratings drop.

Earlier this week, Morgan wrote on Twitter: “”UPDATE: [we] beat Sky News and GB News AGAIN in the UK ratings last night.

“It’s still very early days, but the show is already gaining traction around the world, making a lot of news and, I hoped, teasing the right people.”

In response, McCoy, who has worked for broadcasters including Sky News, BBC News and GB News in the past, wrote: “Please show the numbers. #facts.”

Morgan then replied: “Show me yours. Oh wait a minute…”

“Retire, Piers,” Simon shot back. “Try it.”

“What, and being bitter like you?” Piers then wrote, adding, “No thanks.”

This was followed by a tweet from McCoy showing that he had been “blocked” by Morgan on the social media site.

“Can’t have been. Says he’s open to discussion,” he wrote sarcastically.

Morgan recently opened up about his willingness to block people on Twitter on his series, describing it as “exercising my right to free speech.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/piers-morgan-twitter-simon-mccoy-b2078384.html Piers Morgan blocks Simon McCoy after row over showing numbers

JOE HERNANDEZ

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