Charlie Brooker: Why 'odd fish' Piers Morgan was snubbed from Antiviral Wipe

Charlie Brooker returned last night for the one-off special Antiviral Wipe, in which he turned his acerbic tongue to many pop culture moments from this year to entertain us during coronavirus lockdown.

But for those watching at home, perhaps one person’s absence in the episode was surprising – namely, Piers Morgan.

The Good Morning Britain anchor presenter is, as usual, front and centre of most press centre during the pandemic, this time for his live, chaotic interviews with ministers and generally managing to hold the government to account on their shortcoming during the crisis.

Piers’ heel-turn from pantomime villain to virtue signalling saviour, then, was an interesting plot point for Brooker to omit entirely from the special – but he had his reasons for doing so.

Speaking to GQ, Brooker revealed that including Piers in Antiviral Wipe would have meant ‘saying something nice’ about the former journalist, and that was something he just couldn’t do, sorry.

‘He’s an odd fish, isn’t he?’ The Black Mirror scribe admitted.

‘Because he obviously thrives on antagonising people, and so when he’s antagonising the right people from whatever your viewpoint then he’s a bit of a hero.’

Brooker continued: ‘I suppose in some ways it’s refreshing because he does seem to actually relish being disliked by half the population at any given time.’

Well, you can’t say fairer than that, right?

Despite the insistence Antiviral Wipe is a one-off special, that still hasn’t stopped fans clamouring for more.

During the episode, Brooker parodied many things, from comparing NHS fundraising hero Colonel Tom Moore to Boris Johnson’s Brexit bus and even taking aim at Phillip Schofield’s landmark coming out moment on This Morning.

You can view all the best bants from the special here, in this handy list we’ve compiled.

Basically, everyone was in it but Piers. Sorry, Piers. Maybe next time?

Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe is available to stream now via BBC iPlayer.

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