Piers Morgan was forced to apologise to a teen activist on today’s Good Morning Britain after a heated debate about Greta Thunberg and the environment.
The controversial ITV presenter and his co-host Susanna Reid fronted a debate on whether Greta is ‘scaremongering’ amid criticism that she’s unnecessarily worrying youngsters.
Amy Bray, 17, who is a climate change activist in Cumbria went head to head with Naomi Seibt, 19, who has been dubbed anti-Greta, on the programme.
Joining the show live from Germany, Naomi argued that most young people ‘haven’t done their research’.
Sparks then started to fly when Piers asked whether the planet is heating up at a ‘dangerous’ rate, to which she replied: ‘No I do not believe that.’
Piers then slammed: ‘If you don’t mind me saying, that is a clear demonstrable fact supported by 2000 of the world’s leading scientists.
‘And with all due respect to you, I get that you want to have the publicity of being the “anti-Greta” and so on, but that is a fact that can’t be disputed by anybody taken seriously in this debate. It is just a fact that the planet is heating up.’
Hitting back, Naomi said that there ‘might be some amount of global warming’, but Piers slammed her and insisted that she’d previously stated there wasn’t – even though she hadn’t.
Protesting her innocence, Naomi continued that she’d been asked if there was ‘catastrophic’ levels of global warming however Piers continued to fight her on what he’d previously said.
‘No I didn’t,’ Piers said. ‘I just said do you believe the planet is heating up. Now you say there is. Which one is it?’
Following the interview – and after much social media backlash – Piers apologised for his mistake, and told audiences: ‘Just want to be fair to one of our guests Naomi Seibt earlier, when said I said I’d said to her, “Is the planet heating up” and didn’t say “at a dangerous rate”.
‘A lot of viewers saying I did say “is it heating up at a dangerous rate” and she responded to that. If that is right then she was quite right to push back on that.’
Well done for owning your error, Piers!
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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