BBC's Dan Walker says 'there's a decent bloke fighting to get out' of rival Piers Morgan

Katie Archer
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Dan Walker and Piers Morgan are long-standing rivals (Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images & Brett Cove/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images)
Dan Walker and Piers Morgan are long-standing rivals. (Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images & Brett Cove/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images)

BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker has said he believes that his old rival Piers Morgan is a decent person deep inside.

The pair had various public spats over Twitter when Morgan was hosting ITV show Good Morning Britain, which he recently left after a row over his criticism of Meghan Markle.

But Walker has told The Times the rivalry was always good-natured and that he had a lot of respect for his competition.

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VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND - MAY 23:  Piers Morgan chats with Dan Walker during the Pro Am for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on May 23, 2018 in Virginia Water, England.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Apparently, Morgan and Walker's rivalry is a friendly one. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

He said: "Piers and I have had a friendly rivalry, but it has been good for BBC Breakfast and GMB. He likes to throw a few insults around, but underneath all the froth I think there is a decent bloke fighting to get out.

"They are very different programmes and I’ve always said GMB do a good job.

"Our styles are very different, but the idea that you’ve not done a good job unless you demand resignations and rant at the interviewee is laughable. I don’t want you to know my opinion. I have no problem being seen as the more measured presenter."

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The pair continued to antagonise each other after Morgan's infamous walk-out of the Good Morning Britain studio over a disagreement with co-star Alex Beresford.

Walker pretended to have stormed out over a BBC weather report, while Morgan shot back: "I'm surprised BBC bosses didn't storm in and drag you off set after yesterday's ratings came in."

As he left his job at ITV, Morgan took a final swipe at BBC Breakfast, which his co-host Susanna Reid used to present.

He tweeted: “I had one goal when I joined GMB – beat BBC Breakfast in the ratings. On my last day, we did it. That was down to the hard work and dedication of the whole team.

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“They don’t all agree with me, some don’t even like me, but we were a team… and we won.”

When Walker heard the news of Morgan's exit, he tweeted: "Sorry to hear the news about your departure from GMB @piersmorgan. If you’d like to come on the UK’s number 1 breakfast show to talk about it... we could make some space for you in the morning."

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