The 53-year-old ITV presenter did not share details as to why he was in hospital. Piers Morgan could be seen wearing a hospital gown and a nasal cannula in the picture which he shared with his 360,000 Instagram followers. “Bad news: I’m not dying,” he said in the caption. “I can only apologise for all the distress I know this will cause some people.” Piers also shared the photo with his 6.5 million Twitter followers alongside a similar message, quipping: “Bad news… after some extensive hospital tests this morning it appears I’m not going to die.
“I can only apologise for all the upset and offence I know this development will cause.”
The comments section on Instagram was soon filled with fans asking why he was in hospital, with one saying: “What’s wrong with you Piers?”
“Get better Mr Morgan, we need someone who is not scared to speak their mind and upset the ‘snowflakes’ back on the TV,” another said, while a third added: “Speedy recovery Piers.”
Others joked they might know the reason for Piers’ hospital trip, referencing Piers Morgan’s recent vendetta against Greggs’ new vegan sausage roll.
“Oh no! This is because you ate vegan isn’t it?!” one commented, as a second said: “It will be that vegan sausage roll you ate haha.”
Piers’ Good Morning Britain co-star Richard Arnold, 49, treated the situation with the same levity that he was, commenting: “You’ll be needing a bed bath.”
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Piers asking for comment.
The controversial broadcaster is best known for hosting Good Morning Britain alongside Susanna Reid, 48.
He was not on the topical programme this morning as Thursdays and Fridays are his days off, with other stars taking over at the helm.
Always vocal about his opinions, the announcement of the meat-free sausage roll at Greggs prompted passionate opposition from Piers.
Having tweeted that “nobody was waiting for a vegan b****y sausage, you PC-ravaged clowns,” he was encouraged to try one of the sausage rolls live on air this week.
The experiments didn’t go down well, with the presenter instantly gagging and spitting it out into a bucket, complaining: “Why would anyone eat this?”
Elsewhere, earlier this week, Piers Morgan came under fire from Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner, 22, who branded him a “t**t over his views on mental health.
Piers tweeted an article from The Sun which featured Coronation Street actress Beverly Callard, 61, discussing mental health.
“Real mental illness is very dark and it takes a great deal of strength to ask for help,” she told Best Magazine. “I think we are now definitely chipping away at the stigma.
“But we have to be careful mental illness doesn’t become like a Gucci handbag,” she added. “There is a danger it can become fashionable.”
Agreeing with her remarks, Piers told his Twitter followers: “She’ll be hammered for saying this, but it’s 100% true.”
Taking at at his comment, Sophie wrote in view of her own 1.7 million followers: “Or maybe they have a platform to speak out about it and help get rid of the stigma of mental illness which affects 1 in 4 people in the UK per year.
“But please go ahead and shun them back into silence,” she added. “T**t.”
The Game of Thrones star went on to share a series of posts about mental health, writing: “Part 1: People who think it’s okay to make jokes about mental illness, I feel you must be lucky, because surely you don’t understand or can’t comprehend what it is like to have or know someone with an illness like this.”
“Actually, I was mocking your foul-mouthed abuse of me, whilst simultaneously trying to lecture me about mental health,” Piers wrote back. “Do you think abusing people helps their mental health, Ms Turner?
“Maybe consider that question for your next virtue-signalling Twitter thesis on the subject?”
Replying to a comment from another Twitter user, Piers said he believed “those suffering from genuine mental illness need proper help and support. Those just shirking responsibility for normal life challenges need to toughen up”.
“We should teach mental strength and resilience in schools. This concept is only offensive to snowflakes,” he added.