Claire Sweeney was expecting abuse for supporting Piers Morgan (Picture: Nils Jorgensen/REX)
Claire Sweeney has revealed she avoided social media for a week after publicly voicing her support for Piers Morgan after he quit Good Morning Britain, as she knew she would receive abuse.
The actress, 50, revealed that she chose to speak out in favour of the broadcaster, 56, as she supported his right to freedom of speech after he angered thousands with his comments about Meghan Markle.
Claire told the Express: ‘I love Piers Morgan and you haven’t always got to agree – that’s why free speech is important and I admire that, he stands by his front.
‘He’s got balls of steel and I’m a big fan of Piers, big fan, and I supported him publicly on social media and then didn’t look at my Twitter for a week because I knew I would get absolutely abused but I didn’t care.’
She added: ‘And you know that show is not the same without him, I think he’s sorely missed on GMB.
‘He shook it up and you know sometimes you agree and sometimes you cringe but I love him. I loved his book Wake Up as well, I’m a big Piers fan.’
Piers Morgan had caused outrage with his comments about Meghan Markle (Picture: Rex)
Piers had quit Good Morning Britain after receiving a record number of compaints to Ofcom, in excess of 57,000, after questioning Meghan’s claims in her interview with Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey.
Among his comments, Piers said he didn’t believe Meghan’s claims about her mental health around the time the couple left the Royal family and said he had been ‘sickened’ by the claims made about the Royals.
It is claimed that Piers had chosen to quit the show rather than to apologise for his comments to Meghan on air.
Following Piers’ departure and his newspaper column following the furore, Claire had tweeted: ‘Brilliant article @piersmorgan. Miss you so much on @GMB.’
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