Piers Morgan furiously criticised an Extinction Rebellion co-founder over her own carbon footprint in a heated debate on Good Morning Britain, after she refused to admit whether she owned a TV.
The Good Morning Britain presenter lost his cool during an interview with the activist, who admitted to accepting the car ride had been sent for her but avoided stating whether her children used TVs at home.
When asked about whether she own a TV set, the protestor smiled uncomfortably and replied: ‘Can you tell me the point you’re trying to make, Piers?’
Continuing to challenge her, Piers continued: ‘Do you have a TV at home? Do your children use iPads? Can you answer these questions? Do you have air conditioning? Do you walk your kids to school? Do you see the problem with all this?
‘You go on about your kids not getting out of bed because they’re terrified, I’m not surprised they’re terrified because their mum’s telling them the planet’s about to end. I bet your own carbon footprint on all the stuff I just mentioned is terrible.’
Piers advised the activist to ‘practice what you preach’ by giving up technology and walking her children to school instead of using cars or public transport.
The guest then attempted to defend her position and said: ‘Unless you live in a wood completely a recluse on your own, you’re going to be part of the system.’
The TV presenter hit back: ‘If you genuinely believe the world’s about to end, start with your own carbon footprint. Otherwise you become the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of this debate which is you do one thing and say another.’
Tensions then escalated when Piers continued to interrupt her, shouting: ‘Does your carbon footprint matter? Can you try answering one question seriously. Can you please stop talking?
‘Sorry, I’m really having a problem here. You’re not answering a single question. Does your personal carbon footprint count, yes or no? Can you stop talking for a moment?’ he said before exclaiming in frustration: ‘Jesus Christ.’
Piers continued: ‘Unbelievable. Sorry I’m really frustrated here… Total waste of time.
‘The truth is you do have a television and you don’t want to admit to having a television is because that immediately throws you into the hypocrisy debate because you’re guzzling up and burning the atmosphere with your TV, and you don’t want to admit it because it makes you look like a rank hypocrite.’
He finished by advising her to ‘start with action in your own house’.
Good Morning Britain continues weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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