Dan Walker pleads with BBC viewers ‘don’t shout at us’ over Harry and Meghan interview

Piers Morgan criticises Meghan and Harry over Oprah interview

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Ahead of this morning, Dan Walker, 43, prepared himself for a busy day covering the top news topics, ranging from the latest on the coronavirus pandemic to the highly-anticipated Meghan and Harry interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired over-night in the US. Fully aware of the negative responses the show will get, Dan sent out a warning the night before to viewers, telling them “not to shout at them” for covering such a talked about event.

Here’s a plan… if you’re not interested in #HarryandMeghanonOprah that’s fine… but don’t shout at us for covering it

Dan Walker

Taking to Twitter, he shared the official BBC Breakfast account’s post teasing what’s in store for this morning.

“Busy programme tomorrow,” he penned.

“Here’s a plan… if you’re not interested in #HarryandMeghanonOprah that’s fine… but don’t shout at us for covering it. See you in the morning.”

It didn’t take long before he was hit with criticism from disgruntled viewers who believed it wasn’t “newsworthy” when there are bigger things going on in the world.

Sharing their views in the comments section, one wondered sarcastically: “I thought they wanted media privacy?”

Another added: “Well, it’s just as well there is no other important news to report…oh! Wait!”

“Please God keep it brief. There is far too much actual news to deal with,” a third retorted.

A fourth sighed: “I hope it’s not going to be the lead story – it’s just gossip and mud-slinging after all.”

Someone else believed Dan’s hopes were a little out of reach: “Bit optimistic there, Dan!” they wrote, fully expecting some backlash.

“Yes cover it – but it’s not as important as the BBC seem to think it is,” another penned.

A seventh user acknowledged that he has a job to do: “As long as its reported in a balanced way then you’ve done your job,” they wrote.

Meanwhile, another fan suggested: “Leave it to @piersmorgan on the other side? He’ll not be able to sleep with excitement tonight. You deal with proper news.”

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Piers has been very open about his distain for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and recently responded to an emotional statement from Suits actor Patrick J Adams, who played Meghan’s on-screen husband in the legal drama.

He came to her defence in a Twitter statement praising her over her navigation of a what he perceives as an “archaic and toxic” family dynamic.

“From day one she was an enthusiastic, kind, cooperative, giving, joyful and supportive member of our television family,” he wrote.

He continued: “She fell in love, moved to a new country, became a household name across the entire globe and began the difficult work of trying to find her place in a family dynamic that can at best be described as complicated and at worst, seemingly archaic and toxic.”

But the Good Morning Britain star responded to his series of tweets where he defended their joint interview with Oprah, saying: “Actually, what’s ‘OBSCENE’ is your friend trashing her husband’s family on global TV as the Queen’s 99-year-old husband lies in hospital.

“How dare you attack our Royal Family like this, you jumped-up little twerp.”

Piers followed this with another tweet in response to Patrick’s statement, adding: “Meghan Markle’s showbiz mates who flew over and grovelled up to the Royals at her wedding now publicly trashing the Monarchy – and suggesting it be abolished. Disgusting.”

Oprah With Meghan and Harry is on ITV at 9pm on Monday March 8. You can watch the full interview afterwards on the ITV hub [Link to https://www.itv.com/hub/itv]

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.

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