Good Morning Britain debate descends into chaos as Piers Morgan debates sexism with Coronation Street actress Nicola Thorp

Arguing with Piers Morgan about sexism is always going to be a challenge.

So step forward Coronation Street actress Nicola Thorp, who took on the Good Morning Britain host as she discussed the reaction she’d got from sections of the media after appearing on the red carpet at the British Soap Awards.

Nicola, who plays Pat Phelan’s daughter Nicola Rubinstein on the ITV soap, said she was unhappy with headlines that claimed the cut-out, floor length white gown she chose equaled “flaunting cleavage”.

However, the debate ended with all the guests interrupting each other and talking over one another as things got more heated.

Susanna Reid was also talked over at points as she tried to intervene in and contribute to the debate.

Although Piers agreed with Nicola that upskirt pictures shouldn’t be taken, that’s where their consensus ended.

“If you look at the pictures of men and women on the red carpet, they are reported about much differently,” Nicola said. “Look at the language that is used to describe women. ‘Busty display’, ‘bares all’,” before she was interrupted.

“Nicola, why do you put yourself through the hell of a red carpet? Because it looks like from the pictures like you are throughly enjoying yourself,” Piers later added.

“It’s like saying, ‘I don’t like war, but I’m gonna keep going back’. You don’t have to.”

Former newspaper editor Neil Wallis also chimed in, asking Nicola why she felt the need to walk the red carpet – to which she pointed out she was nominated for an award, and almost all of the attendees took part.

And Neil also asked Nicola if she felt she was “in the right profession” – to which she responded that yes, she does.

“I am not sensitive – I am in the right profession,” she replied. “I am a bloomin’ good actress, and not only do I put up with this… I put up with this stuff all the time, as an actress, and I choose to articulate myself and take part in these debates, when I could just go home and cry.”

But the heated debate seemed to split viewers, with some agreeing with the Corrie star and other taking Piers’ side.

As Susanna urged them all to seek consensus, Good Morning Britain newsreader Charlotte Hawkins added that “for women, when they’re on the red carpet, some of the tactics that are used are unacceptable”.

Piers was clearly back to his usual, vocal self after a minor blip last week saw him stunned into silence.

Discussing Love Island with co-host Susanna, Piers was pretty surprised when she said she lets her 12-year-old son watch the programme.

“Compared to some of the stuff on TV, it’s quite moralistic. They do have quite good morals,” she said, causing Piers – who’s been extremely vocal about his disdain for Love Island – to put his head in his hands.

Good Morning Britain airs on weekdays from 6am on ITV. Love Island airs nightly at 9pm on ITV2.

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