Piers Morgan admits playing up to his outspoken Good Morning Britain persona

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Piers Morgan has admitted playing up his combative Good Morning Britain persona.

The telly presenter, 55, has consistently been making headlines on the ITV show since 2015 when he joined Susanna Reid, 50, as a permanent fixture.

But despite his outspoken – and at times controversial – persona on live TV, Piers insists that at home he is a “sea of serenity”.

Piers is known for his bold and straight to the point views when discussing topics or interviewing celebs on the morning programme.

But he's well aware of that, and says the reason behind being "divisive and polarising" is to wake people up in the mornings.

Piers admits playing up to his outspoken Good Morning Britain persona
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Appearing on Gabby Logan’s The Mid.Point Podcast, Piers touched on his public image and the reason behind it.

"Look, there’s a persona that I certainly play up to," he admitted. "I think all television is performance in a way. I certainly think there’s a sort of theatrical element to it as well.

"I certainly play up to that, I don’t chase around trying to be beloved, it would be a fairly lonely journey if I did. So, I prefer to be divisive and polarising, and get everybody going and wake everybody up in the morning."

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But despite the combative personality on screen, Piers insists it's worlds away from what he's really like behind closed doors.

“It’s the title of my book, you know, Wake Up, however when I do get home and shut the door I’m like everybody else, and I get a nice bottle of wine out, have a chat with the kids, talk to my mum and dad, watch a bit of telly. I’m a sea of serenity," he said.

Piers went on to admit that he's got a desire never to feel at peace with himself.

Piers insists that at home he is a “sea of serenity”

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He explained: “I don’t want to be at peace with myself. I don’t want to feel peace. I think that way, early death is imminent.

“If you suddenly feel like you’ve really cracked life, you’re totally at peace. Well, what’s the most left? You know, I want to be constantly challenged."

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