Good Morning Britain: Charlotte Hawkins fears making Piers Morgan furious after challenge | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV
Charlotte will go head-to-head with the likes of Dan, Top Gear’s Rory Reid, newsreader Sophie Raworth and Countryfile’s Ellie Harrison, and she admitted that the “pressure is on”.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, she said: “If I lose, I’m not sure I can go back into work. Piers Morgan would be absolutely furious if I lose this one. So the pressure is definitely on.”
Charlotte confessed that, despite Piers’ flippant threats towards her, potential loss has encouraged her to “put the effort in” even more.
She added: “It’s definitely given it an edge because Piers Morgan has said don’t come back to the studio if you lose so there’s nothing like getting a pep talk from one of your colleagues is there?”
“But he’s made it quite clear that ITV have to win at all costs, so that’s definitely gave me the influence to put the effort in and shall we say there is some friendly rivalry between Dan and myself, we will have to wait and see what happens.”
The TV star is hoping Piers will forget about the competition if her team are to lose, but doubts it will happen because she claimed he has a “long memory”.
She revealed: “The good thing is, I think he is away for a little while after this happens so I’m hoping by the time he actually gets back he will have forgotten all about it.
“But the trouble is he has got quite a long memory for this kind of thing, but I’m not gonna live it down if we lose. The pressure is on.”
While Charlotte is feeling confident about winning the race, after admitting to feeling the “fittest she has ever been” following her stint on Strictly Come Dancing last year, she said that she thinks Piers wouldn’t be a good team member in the competition.
She divulged: “He would be an awful competitor. He takes it far too seriously, he’s in it to win it.
“When you speak to Piers it’s all about that victory and he will do whatever it takes. He’d be round there drilling holes in the bottom of the BBC boat, thinking that will give him an advantage, I imagine he would be the worse competitor.”
Charlotte also said that she “warned” Dan Walker about the “humiliation” if he loses against them.
She said: “We were having a laugh about it, and said whoever loses basically will not be able to go back into the newsroom and hold their head high again. I did warn him about the humiliation if he loses to the ITV team.
“He understands the seriousness of the situation. We are both in it to win it.”
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