Piers, 56, quit his role as host of Good Morning Britain earlier this year after the explosive fallout of Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry’s, 36, interview with Oprah Winfrey, 67. The broadcaster is known for having controversial opinions and recently sparked uproar online by claiming anything but a gold medal shouldn’t be celebrated by Olympic athletes. However, with Team GB doing incredibly well in the Tokyo Olympic Games, two of the silver medal winners of the Men’s Quadruple Sculls event, Angus Groom and Jack Beaumont, got their payback on the former ITV presenter.
Jack, firstly, told presenters Kate Garraway, 54, and Ben Shephard, 46, about the impact an injury had previously had on his chances of making it to Tokyo.
“When I was lying in the hospital, I didn’t know if I would row again, I didn’t know if I would walk again, I definitely didn’t think I would make it to the Olympic Games.
“I worked really, really hard and had great support from my teammates, our support staff, my friends and family.
“And the National Lottery helping fund us, that made a huge difference to help me get here and be able to win this.”
Taking his aim at Piers indirectly, the Olympic rower said: “I know there is someone who used to work on this television show who says I shouldn’t be proud of this.”
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“But I am very, very, very proud of this silver medal,” he continued with Piers’ former colleagues showing their support for the rowers.
Ben said: “We are incredibly, exceptionally proud of what you’ve managed to achieve. There’s no question from our perspective.”
Taking to Twitter, one fan posted on the savage dig at the outspoken journalist as they wrote: “#gmb well done on that piers dig there.”
Jack’s comments come after the broadcaster took to social media himself to share his views on Olympians withdrawing from competitions for getting injured.
Moving past the discussion of the outspoken presenter, Jack and Angus shared their thoughts on winning the Men’s Quadruple Sculls event.
Jack explained to the presenters: “We dream of winning medals and really, we dream of winning gold medals.
“But after the last couple of years of really not knowing if this was going to happen, it’s amazing. So we’re really, really proud of this.”
One viewer wrote in reply: “Another Silver Second place medal on the Scoreboard. Incredible performance in the Men’s Quadruple Sculls!”
With regards to the medal table, as of Wednesday morning, the UK is now placing sixth after obtaining 15 medals in total, just nine behind current front runners, China.
To break this down, Team GB has now secured five gold medals, six silver and four gold over the past five days.
Water sports have been a huge success for Britain, with more than half of the gold medals coming from the pool or the river.
Olympic diver, Tom Daley, 27, secured his first-ever gold medal earlier this week after competing in the games for 13 years.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.