Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan has agreed to some tough tasks if £50,000 is raised for Comic Relief.
The opinionated presenter, who is a prolific tweeter, announced earlier on ITV that he would put away his phone and laptop, and stay off Twitter for 24 hours if £5,000 was raised for the charity. Within minutes Lord Alan Sugar had donated £5,000 to ‘shut up’ Piers for the day so the Good Morning Britain presenter was given a new challenge.
“£5,000 to silence Piers Morgan for a whole day on Twitter – that’s a bargain – the bargain of the century. Comic Relief send me the bill straight away I’ll pay it immediately. It’s going to be a wonderful day without that nutter clogging up Twitter with his nonsense for the whole day.” – Lord Sugar
Since that target had been met, Piers – an outspoken and passionate Arsenal fan – then agreed that if £50,000 was raised for Comic Relief by 8am on Red Nose Day he would spend the day in a Tottenham Hotspur shirt.
“A little earlier I said I would come off Twitter for a day for Comic Relief if we raised £5,000. Within about seven minutes Lord Sugar, hovering in Florida, had posted a video to say he’d pay the whole thing to shut me up. So we then reset and I, in a reckless moment, said I would wear a Tottenham Hotspur shirt, which if you know my football allegiance is the nearest thing to hell imaginable, if viewers raised £50,000.” – Piers Morgan
Piers’ celebrity friends quickly got in on the action with Robbie Savage, Rio Ferdinand, Kevin Pietersen, Holly Willoughby, Bradley Walsh, Jamie Redknapp and Michael Vaughan all pledging £1,000 for him to wear the Spurs shirt. ITV viewers, or anyone who wants to humiliate Morgan, can donate money to make Piers Morgan wear a Tottenham Hotspur football shirt on his Just Giving page.
Other recent Comic Relief money making highlights so far this year include Paddy McGuinness on the 10th of March going on a mission to promote Red Nose Day, gate-crashing the sets of some of telly and radio’s best known shows as well as Good Morning Britain (pictured below), also on March 4th the world’s largest contemporary choir surprised passengers at city airports across the UK by putting on a series of pop up choir performances to raise funds. British Airways’ customers arriving at London Heathrow, Leeds Bradford, and Glasgow International airports, were treated to an hour of some of the nation’s favourite songs performed by local members of Rock Choir.
While on March 14th BBC Radio 1’s Scott Mills & Chris Stark tried to get the nation tittering with a 24 Hour LOL-a-thon. The duo took over the Radio 1 airwaves as they broadcast a specially extended show from 4pm onwards. Radio 1 listeners powered the giggles as they sent in their favourite jokes for Scott and Chris to read out across the 24 hours. The event raised over £275.000.
The pair kept the nation laughing with the help from a whole host of celebrity guests including Russell Brand, Tim Vine, Doctor Christian, Harry Hill, Chabuddy G, Lee Nelson, Luisa Omielan, Ricky Gervais, Joel Dommett, Sharon Horgan, Joe Wicks, Romesh Ranganathan, Anne-Marie, Jamie Laing, Mollie King, Mark Vandelli, Elaine Paige, Russell Kane and TOWIE’s Bobby Norris.
Last week Christopher Biggins, Mr Motivator and Sinitta were just some of the celebs that took part in a Comic Relief and BT Sport collaboration to create the world’s first ever virtual reality 360 degree comedy sketch with The Comic Relief Experience; while Radio 2 broadcaster Sara Cox completed a 24 hour 1980s dance challenge, which saw the personality raise over £905,000. Guests included Dara O’Briain, Nick Grimshaw, Dermot O’Leary, Jo Brand, Joe Lycett, Matt Baker and a couple of surprises for Sara including actor Tom Hollander and Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys. There were also special performances from the cast of Thriller and Beautiful The Carole King Musical, plus 80s legends Tony Hadley, Erasure and Level 42.