Piers Morgan says ex-wife Marion Shalloe 'talks more fondly' of him than 'TV wife' Susanna Reid after GMB exit
In his column for Daily Mail, journalist Piers Morgan expressed how disappointed he was at former co-host Susanna Reid's "frosty" statement following his dramatic exit from 'Good Morning Britain.'
The 55-year-old said he was surprised over "stony-faced" Reid's statement, comparing it to the reaction given by his ex-wife and mother to his three sons, Marion Shalloe, following his exit.
Morgan left the ITV show after he and weatherman Alex Beresford had an heated argument regarding Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. Beresford took issue with Morgan branding the CBS interview a two-hour "trash-a-thon" and saying that he was "sickened" by some of the comments the Sussexes made. On Tuesday, March 9, ITV announced in a statement that Morgan had quit the talk show.
In the column, Morgan wrote, "At 6.30 am, I turned on GMB to see what my 'TV wife' Susanna would say about our sudden divorce. Stony-faced, she read a short, rather frosty statement: 'Piers and I have disagreed on many things and that dynamic was one of the things viewers loved about the program. He is, without doubt, an outspoken, challenging, opinionated, disruptive broadcaster. He has many critics, and he has many fans. You will know that I disagreed with him about Meghan's interview.'
He went on: "'He himself clarified his comments about her mental health on the show yesterday. There are many voices on GMB, and everyone has their say. But now Piers has decided to leave the program. Some of you may cheer and others will boo. He has been my presenting partner for more than five years and during Brexit and the pandemic and other issues he has been a voice for many of you, and a voice that many of you have railed against. It is certainly going to be very different but shows go on and so on we go.' Jeez, even my real ex-wife talks more fondly about me than that (and, in fact, did so overnight in a very supportive message)."
However, Morgan did admit that his former co-host had called him and "apologized for the tone of voice in her chilly goodbye". He claims to have then responded by apologizing for leaving her "in the lurch". The pair have agreed to a celebratory dinner to mark their five-year gig together on the show.
Who is Marion Shalloe?
Morgan was married to Marion Shalloe in 1991 and they were married for 17 years till 2008. Together they have three children, while Morgan has a fourth child from his current marriage. At the time she was a hospital ward nurse. Since she presently prefers to keep a low profile, not much is known about her personal life. However, her eldest son Spencer Morgan often shares pictures of her in restaurants like The Ivy with the family, suggesting that she is quite close to her kids. Her birthday is in early March.
It's been alleged that Morgan had an affair with a Guardian columnist named Marina Hyde which was supposedly the reason for the couple's divorce, though they have never revealed anything publicly about this. It is not known whether Morgan and Shalloe maintain a cordial relationship after their divorce. It has been reported, however, that the children from both of his marriages do hang out together.
Piers is currently married to Celia Walden. They tied the knot in 2010. Their daughter, Elise, was born in 2011.