Piers Morgan accuses Dan Walker of ‘milking’ injuries from horrific bike accident
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Piers Morgan has accused presenter Dan Walker of ‘milking’ the injuries from his horrific bike accident – a hot take that, unsurprisingly, has not gone down too well on social media.
He shared photos of his bloodied face, thanking the paramedics who had helped him as he was transported to hospital in an ambulance.
In his post, the dad-of-three wrote: "Bit of an accident this morning. Glad to be alive after getting hit by a car on my bike. Face is a mess but I don’t think anything is broken.
“Thanks to Shaun and Jamie for sorting me out and the lovely copper at the scene. This is my smiling.”
He added: "Thankful for our NHS."
While the star was inundated by well-wishes from fans, there’s one person who wasn’t quite as sympathetic.
At the RTS Television Journalism Awards on Wednesday (1 March), Walker appeared to make a dig at Piers Morgan – a name he has often sparred with online.
He said: “I’ve lost all my inhibitions. It could be a fun night everybody, okay. I’d like to apologise in advance for anything that I might say that is near the knuckle. My idea of where the knuckle is has completely changed within the last ten days.
“To give you an idea of my mental state, let me put it this way: if a weather presenter were to question me in any way, shape, or form, I’m liable to storm off stage in an enormous huff. I might even go as far as to start a new TV channel based entirely on my ego, which no-one will watch.”
Morgan then retweeted an article about the comments, accusing Walker of ‘milking’ his injuries.
“If I were Dan Walker, and I’d been kicked off Match of the Day & BBC Breakfast, then washed up on Channel 5 daytime, and only got press these days by falling off a bike, getting a few grazes, and milking it like I’d survived a terror attack, I’d be this bitter too,” he fumed.
Naturally, many Twitter users were quick to criticise Morgan’s lack of ‘compassion’, with one saying: “That's not very nice.”
Someone else said: “That is so low. Just no compassion in the world. Just hate. Even against fellow pros. So sad.”
A third added: “This is one of the worst takes in history!”
Others pointed out his remarks were ‘factually incorrect’, noting that Morgan may have been thinking of Walker’s exit from Football Focus, not Match of the Day, which he has only provided occasional reports for.