Piers Morgan grins with delight as he beats Susanna Reid to win best news presenter at Tric Awards 2021: ‘Victory!’

He’s a winner now (Picture: PA)

Piers Morgan looked dead chuffed as he beat his former Good Morning Britain co-star Susanna Reid to the best presenter gong at the Tric Awards 2021.

The no-nonsense television personality, who quit the ITV daytime show earlier this year, was up against his ex-co-star and BBC news anchor Huw Edwards for the accolade.

After losing to Ant and Dec at the National Television Awards last week, the triumph sure did appear to delight Piers as he flashed the V while posing proudly with the silverware.

‘Victory!’ he tweeted.

Prior to his big win, Piers was seen reuniting with his Good Morning Britain colleagues Susanna, Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway on the red carpet.

All four presenters look delighted to see each other at the event, which celebrates the best in TV and radio broadcasting.

Victory! ⁦@TRICawards⁩ 🥇#TVPresenterOfTheYear pic.twitter.com/jgBOlF9ofe

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 15, 2021

I stormed out so he won by default 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 #congratulations @TRICawards @susannareid100 🌟 https://t.co/ho3Trsguo9

— Huw Edwards (@thehuwedwards) September 15, 2021

News of Piers’ success came hours after ITV chief executive said the broadcaster ‘vigorously’ defended him during an Ofcom investigation into comments he made about the Duchess of Sussex.

His remarks on Good Morning Britain about Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey sparked more than 50,000 complaints, the most in the watchdog’s history, but the programme was cleared earlier this month.

Piers reunited with Kate Garraway and Susanna Reid on the red carpet (Picture: ITV)

Piers left the show in March after saying he did not believe claims made by Meghan during the interview.

Speaking at the Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention, Dame Carolyn McCall said: ‘I will just say that we vigorously defended both the programme and Piers to Ofcom, and the reason we didn’t get pulled up by them is because of the programme making.’

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Dame Carolyn also added there is ‘no way we wouldn’t be absolutely not just endorsing but championing freedom of speech and freedom of expression’.

When asked whether there was any prospect of Piers returning to ITV, Dame Carolyn told the conference he had resigned from his role.

However, she said she expects to see him, as well as former GB News chairman Andrew Neil, ‘working on some global platform any day soon’.

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