Lorraine Kelly faces harsh criticism as ITV host attempts to defend Piers Morgan

LORRAINE KELLY sparked criticism as the ITV presenter defended Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan during a recent episode of The Last Leg. It comes as she branded the TV anchor a "Hero of 2020".

PUBLISHED: 11:08, Fri, Jan 1, 2021 | UPDATED: 11:08, Fri, Jan 1, 2021

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The Last Leg: Lorraine attempts to defend Piers Morgan

Lorraine Kelly made an appearance on Channel 4 show The Last Leg of the Year 2020 with hosts Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdecombe which aired on New Year's Eve. The ITV presenter took the opportunity to praise her colleague Piers Morgan following the government's boycott of Good Morning Britain.

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The 201-day government boycott of the morning programme came to an end in November.

As presenter Adam quizzed his celebrity guests on their heroes for 2020, the ITV presenter left comic James Acaster taken aback.

Lorraine said: "I think... stay with me on this one. Piers Morgan."

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James cheekily blasted: "Go f*** yourself!"

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Lorraine Kelly faces harsh criticism as she attempts to defend Piers MorganLorraine Kelly faces harsh criticism as she attempts to defend Piers Morgan (Image: WENN/CHANNEL 4)

Lorraine Kelly attempted to defend her choice of Piers Morgan as a hero of 2020Lorraine Kelly attempted to defend her choice of Piers Morgan as a hero of 2020 (Image: CHANNEL 4)

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The studio audience erupted into laughter, as Lorraine chuckled at the cheeky swipe.

"Stay with me," she mused. "I appreciate the sentiment but don't look at me like that."

Lorraine chuckled: "I did say stay with me, love."

James looked around the

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