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Piers Morgan claims ITV boss made ‘crude gesture’ and compared him to Voldemort in front of star-studded crowd

Piers has responded to the apparent jibes (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV)

Piers Morgan has accused ITV executive Kevin Lygo of calling him ‘Voldemort’ and making a crude gesture during a recent speech.

The former Good Morning Britain presenter – who noted he skipped this year’s ITV Palooza after ‘getting divorced’ from the network earlier in 2021 – alleged that the network’s boss referenced him as he addressed a star-studded crowd at the party.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, he said: ‘Kevin Lygo – who oversaw my sudden departure from Good Morning Britain… gleefully stamped on my grave in his speech at the Festival Hall.

‘Referring to me as evil Harry Potter villain Voldermort, Lygo quipped: “He’s not here, is he? Of course he’s not here – he f***ing walked off, didn’t he?” (sic)’

Piers added that his former boss insisted he ‘missed’ him as he ‘shook his head in violent contradiction’.

He continued: ‘Lygo then made a crude ‘w***er’ hand signal, to raucous laughter from an audience including Holly Willoughby, Bear Grylls and Brian May.’

Piers joked that he was going to complain about the ‘derogatory attack’ because it was ‘damaging to [his] mental health’.

He added: ‘But my second thought, because I’m not a whiny, weak, woke wastrel, was to chuckle because it made me laugh.’

Piers left GMB earlier this year after facing major backlash for his comments about Meghan Markle following her and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Piers was apparently compared to Harry Potter villain Lord Voldemort (Picture: Warner)

He was hit with more than 57,000 Ofcom complaints but was later cleared following an investigation by the regulator.

After months of teasing his TV return, he’s now set to come back to screens in a new show for talkTV.

Meanwhile, he is also quitting Life Stories, and final guest Kate Garraway – whose episode aired on Sunday night – will replace him as host for the last three episodes of the series.

An ITV spokesperson told ‘Piers and ITV have agreed that his interview with Kate Garraway for Piers Morgan’s Life Stories will be his last; and that Kate will take over the baton on his behalf for the remaining three episodes of the forthcoming series.

‘We would like to thank Piers for over a hundred engaging, compelling and insightful Life Stories over the past 12 years where his interviewees have included the very best names in showbiz, business and politics. We wish him the very best of luck with all of his future ventures.

‘Kate is a brilliant journalist and an inquisitive interviewer and we look forward to her forthcoming three shows.’

Life Stories is available to watch on ITV Hub.

Credit: Original article published here.

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