The TV star, 56, looked delighted to be back with his old colleagues at the event held in London, as the breakfast show led the winners at the star-studded awards.
It was also a day to remember for his former co-star Kate Garraway, who was recognised with a special award after continuing her tireless TV and radio work while her husband Derek Draper battles Covid-19.
Victory! Piers Morgan beat his former Good Morning Britain co-host Susanna Reid to scoop News Presenter Of The Year at the TRIC Awards 2021 in London on Wednesday
Piers sensationally quit the breakfast show following his comments about
But it seemed his dramatic departure didn’t stop him being honoured for his tireless presenting during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, beating out both Susanna and Huw Edwards to scoop the coveted prize.
During his acceptance speech, he invited his former co-host on stage and said: ‘It felt it was right to share with Susanna,’ while noting that they developed a ‘close bond’ throughout the pandemic.
He said: ‘I haven’t seen Susanna since I left so it was very emotional. You get very close to someone when you work that closely together. Not many men have seen Susanna Reid at 5am in her curlers.’
Honour: It was also a day to remember for his former co-star Kate Garraway, 54, who was recognised with a special award after continuing her tireless TV and radio work while her husband Derek Draper battles Covid-19
Meanwhile his ‘TV wife’ chimed: ‘He can start an argument in an empty room. I’ve never known anyone get so worked up over a sausage roll.’
Piers also applauded the ‘remarkable’ team at GMB before taking a slight jab at the breakfast channel for interviewing IS bride Shamima Begum on Tuesday’s show.
‘It’s ironic they had an ISIS terror bride spouting off her opinions when I wasn’t allowed to,’ he remarked. ‘I wonder if ITV will be asking her for an apology.’
Piers – who was recently cleared by Ofcom for his comments in the Meghan Markle debate – also stated that the award was ‘a vindication of free speech,’ while declaring: ‘That’s what democracies are supposed to be built on.’
GMB itself also scooped the prize for Multi-Channel News, while fellow ITV staples This Morning and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here awarded gongs for Daytime and Reality respectively.
Close: Piers was beaming as he reunited with his former Good Morning Britain co-presenters on the red carpet
2021 TRIC Awards: The Winners
Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp – WINNER
The Jason Manford Show
Gordon Gino & Freds American Road Trip – WINNER
Saturday Morning with James Martin
The Great British Bake Off
Piers Morgan – WINNER
PODCAST OF THE YEAR
David Tennant Does a Podcast With… – WINNER
Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
Sh**ged Married Annoyed
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad
Gogglebox – WINNER
Gangs of London
I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!
The Masked Singer
Strictly Come Dancing
A League Of Their Own
Match of the Day
A Question of Sport
Call the Midwife
24 Hours in A&E
Ross Kemp Living with…
The Repair Shop – WINNER
Shelley King – WINNER
Would I Lie To You? – WINNER
Steph’s Packed Lunch
This Morning – WINNER
Ant & Dec – WINNER
Good Morning Britain – WINNER
Roman Kemp – WINNER
SOAP OF THE YEAR
Coronation Street – WINNER
TRIC SPECIAL AWARD
Happy! The TV star, 56, looked delighted to be back with his old colleagues as he stood between them and posed for snaps
Seal of approval: He delivered a thumbs up as he was recognised for his TV presenting and broadcasting achievements
Funny: Getting in on the reunion was Ben Shephard, who also joined them on the red carpet
Had enough: The presenter left the show (pictured) following comments he made about Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview
Famed duo Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly were crowned the winners of the TV Personality category, while Roman Kemp was named best Radio Personality.
Roman’s co-star Siân Welby was seen clutching a TRIC trophy as their Capital Breakfast show secured an award in the Radio Programme category.
The Soap Of The Year gong was given to Coronation Street, with the show’s actress Shelley King landing the Soap Actor prize.
BBC programme Would I Lie To You? was announced as the winner of the Comedy category and The Repair Shop scooped the gong for best Factual show.
Colleagues: Piers threw his arms around the ladies, proving their are no hard feelings between the trio
Celebration! Siân Welby was seen clutching a TRIC trophy as her Capital Breakfast show secured an award in the Radio Programme category
Dream team: She was joined by Capital co-star Roman Kemp who was also named best Radio Personality at the exclusive event
The Crown was awarded the prize for the Drama category. Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo, and Fred Serieix were elated when their show American Road Trip! was recognised for the Food category award.
Piers looked dapper in a black suit, crisp white shirt and black shoes as he larked around with his friends on the red carpet ahead of the awards show, throwing his arms around both Susanna and Kate to prove there are no hard feelings between the trio.
Getting in on the reunion was Ben Shephard, who also joined them on the red carpet.
Ben remains the main male anchor on GMB while Piers still is yet to be replaced with a full-time Monday-Wednesday anchor.
Smart: Meanwhile Piers looked dapper in a black suit, crisp white shirt and black shoes as he larked around with his friends
Having a laugh: Piers pulled a funny pout for the camera alongside the two women
Ben looked smart in an eggplant-hued suit over a crisp white open-collar shirt with a silver pocket square, while Piers went for a classic back suit.
Piers stormed off GMB in March as he discussed the Harry and Meghan interview, where he expressed his belief that Meghan was lying during the chat with Oprah Winfrey and that the couple damaged the royal family’s reputation.
The outspoken host left the daytime series after he insisted he ‘didn’t believe a word’ of Meghan’s account of suffering suicidal thoughts and experiencing racism at the hands of the royal family.
Piers then walked off set after a fierce debate with Alex, in which the weather presenter accused Piers of unfairly ‘trashing’ Meghan, and branded him ‘diabolical’.
When Piers walked off screen, Alex continued: ‘I’m sorry but Piers just spouts off on a regular basis and we have to sit there and listen.’
Piers, who refused to apologise, later announced his resignation and tweeted his thanks to the GMB team, praising them for their ‘hard work and dedication’ that led to them beating their main breakfast TV rival.
And Piers shared his own reflections on the events of that fateful week in a piece for the Mail On Sunday shortly afterwards.
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Fun: Susanna – who looked incredible in a red cocktail dress – looked like she was having a great time chatting to Piers
Piers called Alex ‘GMB’s occasional stand-in weatherman’ and ‘uptight’ in the telling account, adding that the presenter hasn’t messaged him since his exit unlike others on the show.
Reflecting on their now infamous encounter on GMB, which ended in Piers leaving the studio, Piers said he wasn’t going to sit there and be ‘whacked’ by one of his own team.
Dynamic duo: Susanna beamed as she stood beside Piers in her red dress and sparkly silver shoes
Autumn chic: Liberty – who appeared in this summer’s series of Love Island – still rocked a tan as she posed for snaps in a black lace strap-top and chocolate slacks. She matched the look with a blazer, which she wore over her shoulders for snaps
Following her own reunion with Piers, Kate was honoured with a Special Award for her tireless broadcasting work while her husband Derek Draper’s continues to recover from a year-long battle with coronavirus.
It comes just days after the star won Best Authored Documentary at the National Television Awards, while offered viewers a harrowing glimpse of Derek’s battle with the virus.
Kate – who has children Darcey, 15, and William, 12, with Derek, 54 – has since revealed that she hopes to make a follow-up to the show.
She told The Sun: ‘We are going to make another documentary, there are plans for more. Derek has a very short window of energy, but we are trying. He has been home for four months now and it was enough for him being home. Now we are really hoping we can have more and more people in to see him.’
Also among this year’s winners was Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly who were given the award for TV Personality, beating This Morning’s Alison Hammond and Bradley Walsh.
Following it’s hard-hitting storyline depicting Yasmeen Nazir’s horrific abuse by her controlling husband Geoff Matcalfe, Coronation Street was awarded the prize for Soap Of The Year, whie star Shelley King was given the award for Soap Actor.
Gogglebox scooped the award for Entertainment, while racy period series Bridgerton scooped New Drama.
Pretty: Liberty wore amber-hued strap heels and accessorised with gold jewelry. She swept her golden locks back from her features and made a statement with bright red lipstick and a thick sweep of mascara on her lashes
Liberty – who appeared in this summer’s series of the ITV2 show – still rocked a golden tan as she posed for snaps in a black lace strap-top and chocolate slacks.
She matched the look with a blazer, which she removed and slung over one shoulder for snaps.
Liberty wore amber-hued strap heels and accessorised with gold jewelry. She swept her golden locks back from her features and made a statement with bright red lipstick and a thick sweep of mascara on her lashes.
Liberty was among the early arrivals, along with Good Morning Britain co-anchors Kate and Susanna who looked stunning in cocktail dresses for the event.
Kate – who can’t move for an awards ceremony at the moment, momentously scooping the National Television Award last week for her documentary Finding Derek, about her husband’s battle with COVID-19 – wore a flowing white wrap-dress with delicate sleeves and a floor-length skirt.
Her GMB colleague Susanna wore a figure-hugging red dress with silver heels and wore her dark locks loosely around her shoulders.
Charlotte Hawkins looked radiant in a layered semi-sheer frock while Georgie Porter donned a tiny emerald mini-dress and Charlie Brookes went all-black at the event.
Since 1931 TRIC has promoted mutual understanding and goodwill among those in broadcast technology and related industries, across TV, Radio & online platforms and, as a not for profit organisation, it raises money for good causes through social events and the high profile TRIC Awards.
For over 50 years TRIC has been recognising the on air talent across TV, Radio & online which continues to showcase and praise the diverse talent in UK broadcast media.
TRIC brings the industry together to support good causes through its annual events, corporate partners and the sponsorship opportunities.
TRIC involvement extends to all platforms consumers watch, listen and tune into today to reflect the evolution of the UK’s brightest and most innovative of industries. You can be part of a broadcasting tradition through attending or sponsoring TRIC events.
Event: Since 1931 TRIC has promoted mutual understanding and goodwill among those in broadcast technology and related industries, across TV, Radio & online platforms and, as a not for profit organisation, it raises money for good causes through social events and the high profile TRIC Awards
Shows: For over 50 years TRIC has been recognizing the on air talent across TV, Radio & online which continues to showcase and praise the diverse talent in UK broadcast media
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