King's Lynn charity the winners as Piers Morgan and Jeremy Clarkson come face to face
They are famous for having a long-time feud ... and now King's Lynn-based charity Scotty's Little Soliders are set to be the beneficiary when Piers Morgan and Jeremy Clarkson come face to face on the Christmas edition of Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
TV broadcaster and journalist, Morgan, is set to appear on the Christmas special of ITV’s prime time game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? hosted by Clarkson and he will be playing to win funds for bereaved children’s military charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
The pair famously fell out and suffered through a 10-year feud which peaked with Clarkson, 60, punching Morgan in the head at the 2004 British Press Awards.
Writing a column in today's Mail On Sunday, Morgan said the atmosphere was tense when they met on set.
During filming, Clarkson introduced Morgan to the set saying: "Please welcome our first guest … who is a truly awful human being!'"
The former Top Gear host also showed off the finger he broke when he punched his nemesis in the head, while Morgan claims to still have a scar on his temple from the altercation.
Piers’ brother, Jeremy, is a serving Army Colonel with four children, so Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a charity close to his heart.
Piers knows first-hand what it is like to lose a parent at a young age, as he was just a baby himself when his father tragically died. His mother re-married and Piers has a very close relationship with his stepfather, Glynne Pughe-Morgan.
Piers has previously shown his support for Scotty’s Little Soldiers and he recently talked highly of the charity on ITV’s Good Morning Britain during an interview with Scotty’s founder Nikki Scott and her 12-year-old daughter Brooke, who was seven-months old when her father was killed whilst serving his country.
Speaking of appearing on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? and selecting Scotty’s as his charity, Piers said: “I can’t think of a more deserving charity than Scotty’s. One of my brothers is a serving army colonel with four daughters, so I know only too well the enormous stresses and strains put on military families when their loved ones are serving their country in combat, and the huge relief when they return safe and well.
"But sadly, some heroes do not come home and Scotty’s does wonderful work in helping families left bereaved. I just hope I don’t let them down, and raise as much money as possible!”
Nikki Scott, Founder of Scotty’s Little Soldiers said: “We are so honoured that Piers has chosen to play Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? for Scotty’s. It means so much to have his backing and is a real boost to us as a charity after a particularly tough year for the bereaved Forces children we support. We’ll be glued to our TV screens and watching with bated breath.”
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? will air on ITV at 9.30pm on Boxing Day.