Piers Morgan has proudly announced that his latest clash with Matt Hancock has broken Good Morning Britain records with a staggering amount of views.
Viewers were gripped last week as they watched Mr Hancock squirm as Morgan reminded him that he voted against free school meals for disadvantaged children during the coronavirus pandemic.
It came after the health secretary praised the Government for sending out food to impoverished children despite previously voting against the policy.
According to Morgan, the interview clip has now been viewed almost 30 million times making it the most-watched moment in GMB history.
Reflecting on the clash on Monday, Morgan said on the breakfast programme: ‘What’s extraordinary is had he said, “On reflection, we got that wrong”, everyone watching would have said fair enough. They would have thought a little bit better of the health secretary.
‘As it is, that clip has now had nearly 30 million views. It’s the most-watched clip in the history of Good Morning Britain which, when you think about what Danny Dyer said on TV about David Cameron, that’s quite something.
‘But that means 30 million people, 28 million of whom would not have watched it in real time, 30 million people now have a worse view of him than they did before from that interview because of his chronic ability…’
Matt Hancock (right) squirmed as Piers Morgan questioned him over free school meals (Picture: ITV/Rex)
Susanna Reid interjected: ‘To say he regretted voting against extending free school meals for poor kids.’
Morgan continued: ‘If he didn’t regret it, why did they change the policy, of course they regretted it… None of them seem able to say, “Yeah, we changed the policy because it was wrong, because Marcus Rashford rightly pricked our conscience about it”.’
Imploring Mr Hancock to admit he was wrong, Morgan said: ‘If they say that and speak like humans, the reaction was extraordinary. Jason Manford ripped into them, Louis Tomlinson, Andy Murray sent me a message basically saying like a lot of people, “What is wrong with them? Why can’t they just say sorry?”
‘It is a weird phenomenon with politicians where they think they’ll look weaker if they say sorry whereas I would argue 90% of the time, admitting you’re wrong, putting your hands up when you’re wrong, A, makes it go away [but] now everyone’s going to be asking Hancock repeatedly to express regret over it because they know he’s incapable of doing it.’
During the episode last Wednesday, Morgan and Reid created an alternative food hamper for £15 after parents complained about the little food they’d received in their parcels.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.