My instantly infamous interview with Jeremy Corbyn, in which he refused 15 times to say if Hamas is a terrorist organisation, prompted many to ponder what on earth possessed him to do it in the first place? After all, the modern-day Wolfie Smith must have known I’d ask him the same question I’d asked many guests during the crisis, and his spluttering determination to avoid stating such a basic fact – well, unless you work at the BBC – made it obvious what he thinks and was always going to earn him the opprobrium his terror appeasement deserved. Rishi Sunak hammered him in PMQs, and Keir Starmer declared Corbyn will never stand as a Labour MP again. That wasn’t the only lifetime ban dished out: ‘I’M NEVER COMING BACK ON THIS SHOW!’ Corbyn raged as he stomped furiously out of my studio. (‘Why would I invite you again, given you never answer my questions?’ I snapped back.) He was there to promote an anthology of poems he’s collated with ex-union chief Len McCluskey. The book includes a tribute to Maya Angelou, who once said: ‘When someone shows you who they are, believe them.’
The Israel/Hamas war has been the most intense period of my career as I’ve debated night after night with very animated representatives from both sides of this bitter conflict – sparking an unprecedented amount of praise, abuse and death threats. It’s also sparked record ratings for my show Piers Morgan Uncensored, especially on YouTube, where one of the interviews, with the Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef, was viewed 21 million times, even more than my Cristiano Ronaldo scoop a year ago. But the strain is showing. ‘Dear Piers,’ read one email, ‘I noticed that the Israel-Hamas war has quickly taken its toll.