Piers Morgan looks healthy on return to GMB following gastritis bout… and reveals he had ‘NO IDEA’ he’d posted THAT hospital selfie until hours later
Piers Morgan returned to his hosting duties on Good Morning Britain on Monday, days after revealing he was hospitalised for gastritis and duodenitis.
The 53-year-old TV personality healthy and back to his outspoken self as he settled back into his co-helming seat alongside Susanna Reid on the popular ITV show.
And Piers revealed that his hospital selfie, which he posted on Instagram last week while at the height of his bout, was something he didn’t even know he’d shared with the world until several hours later — thanks to being heavily sedated at the time.
Back to work he goes: Piers Morgan returned to Good Morning Britain on Monday, days after he was hospitalised with gastritis and duodenitis
Explaining how he came to be sedated, the journalist said: ‘I have this thing bothering me — stomach-related — so eventually I went and had all these tests done and one of them is when they stuff this big tube down your throat…
‘They give you the choice: “Do you want to just have a bit of spray and go for it with this thing jammed down our throat… or do you want the sedative?”‘
He recalled of his reaction: ‘I said, “What would you all do?” and the doctors and nurses said, “You’ve got to have the sedative, 20 per cent go without it and they gag and puke and all that and it’s horrible.”
A snap decision: He revealed that he wasn’t even aware he’d posted his hospital selfie on Instagram last week, until he woke up hours later to a stream of concerned messages
‘I had the sedative and you’re supposed to stay awake while it’s happening you’re kind of aware but the next thing I know I woke up in recovery — it’s all over, done, didn’t remember a thing.
‘I had my phone on me and basically in that picture I’m still half-sedated but my phone was near me and they all left the room to leave me to it, I got the phone and I had no idea I’d done this…
‘I posted the picture, I then had a little chat with the consultant of which I have no memory at all, so then I’m allowed home in a cab, go home, sleep for two or three hours.
‘I wake up and there’s like a thousand messages saying, “What’s happened? Are you alright?” And I thought, “What have I done?”‘
Back: He was flanked by (L-R) Charlotte Hawkins and Susanna Reid as he returned to his duties
Piers, who had jokingly blamed his battle with gastritis and duodenitis on a ‘vegan sausage roll, Brexit and Donald Trump’, also boldly stated on Monday that he will go on a plant-based diet for a week if GMB wins a National Television Award this year.
During an interview with Chris Packham, the TV presenter declared of the NTAs, set to take place in London on January 22: ‘I’m going to go vegan for a week if we win, which could actually kill me.’
Piers shocked his Instagram followers last week when he posed for a selfie with medical tubes coming out of his nose while being treated at the private Bupa Cromwell Hospital in Kensington, west London.
Taking to Twitter as he recovered from the hospital stay, the outspoken TV star said: ‘If you really want to know, I was diagnosed with stomach gastritis and duodenitis.
Oh dear: Days before his hospitalisation was revealed, Piers spewed a vegan sausage roll from Greggs into the bin live on Good Morning Britain
‘I blame eating a mouthful of vegan sausage roll, Brexit & Donald Trump.’
Explaining his reasoning behind the tweet, he wrote: ‘Monday, 6.40am: I eat one mouthful of vegan sausage roll. Friday, 11am: hospitalised for gastroscopy on inflamed, exploding innards. I’m doing the maths.’
Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach while duodenitis is swelling of the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine.
Discussing his hospital stay, he posted: ‘Had a gastroscopy but fortunately, I can’t remember a damn thing about it. Sedatives are my new best friend.’
Sickness: The star blamed his illness on the pastry encased treat as well as political issues
The TV personality also promised he would be back at work on Monday, as he ‘doesn’t pull sickies.’
Piers tried Greggs’ new vegan sausage roll live on air this week and spewed it into a bin.
He said he was appalled by the smell and taste of Britain’s most talked about new snack and ended up with his head in a waste basket after taking a single bite.
Greggs delivered a fresh batch to the studio for him to try but he was forced to spit it out and saying: ‘It absolutely stinks and tastes disgusting. Why would anyone eat this?’
But co-host Susanna said the meat-free treat tasted ‘delicious’ and chowed down on hers with gusto.
Laying the blame: Piers also blamed US President Donald Trump and Brexit for his illness (pictured right, UK Prime Minister Theresa May)
He’ll be back: The TV personality vowed that he would be back in the London studio this week
Vegans targeted him on Twitter and accused him of faking his violent reaction to the ‘sausage roll’ calling it an anti-vegan conspiracy.
This came days after Piers reassured fans he’s ‘not dying’ as he shocked his Instagram followers by posting a picture from a hospital bed.
Accompanying the post on Instagram, the DailyMail.com editor-at-large wrote: ‘Bad news: I’m not dying. I can only apologise for all the distress I know this will cause some people.’
The television personality had been battling bronchitis, laryngitis and sinusitis over the Christmas period, which he described as ‘the trifecta of hell for TV presenting’.
Struggling: Piers had been battling bronchitis, sinusitis and laryngitis and has been taking antibiotics since Christmas due to his ill health
Meat-lover Piers had been causing havoc on Twitter in recent weeks after he was furious to discover that Greggs have brought out a vegan sausage roll.
He tried one on the show and pretended to vomit live on air, leading fans to speculate if this was the cause of his health concerns.
In actual fact, Piers wrote on Twitter that he had actually been forced to cancel his New Year’s Eve plans because of how unwell he was feeling.
He wrote: ‘Wildest New Year’s Eve for decades… went to bed at 8.59pm with two strong Italian Tachipirinas & had one helluva steamy sleepless night. Hope yours was anywhere near as wild. Happy New Year!’
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