Piers Morgan praised by GMB viewers for “lovely” gesture towards guest

Offers to play a round of golf with him

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Piers Morgan has been praised by Good Morning Britain fans after he offered to fly an artist who wrongly spent 27 years in jail to the UK for a round of golf.

Valentino Dixon was convicted of a shooting in 1991 but maintained his innocence throughout his trial and imprisonment.

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Valentino appeared on Good Morning Britain and told Piers he was his biggest fan (Credit: ITV)

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While behind bars, Valentino began drawing pictures of golf courses, which drew the attention of Golf Digest magazine and led its editors to question his conviction.

Eventually another man confessed to the murder and Valentino was released.

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Valentino was wrongly convicted of a 1991 murder (Credit: ITV)

Valentino appeared on Good Morning Britain via video call from New York on Monday and took the opportunity to tell Piers that he was his biggest fan.

“Hey Piers, you know I’m one of your biggest fans,” he said. “You were my favourite guy on The Apprentice. I didn’t know about you before that, but I was able to watch you on CNN.

“I used to watch you all the time, you’re one of the toughest guys on the planet.”

Valentino then said he was determined to meet the presenter one day, at which point Piers offered to make than happen.

“Here’s what we’re going to do,” Piers said. “We’ll fly you over to England and I’ll play a bit of golf with you.”

Valentino started drawing golf courses while he was in prison, after a warden gave him a picture of the Augusta National Golf course in Georgia.

Piers Morgan in Los Angeles
Piers has offered to fly Valentino to the UK for a round of golf (Credit: Instagram)

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In a profile for Golf Digest he said “something about the grass and sky was rejuvenating.”

Viewers were quick to comment on the interview, saying it showed Piers’ softer side and praising the presenter for his kind gesture.

Viewers claimed the interview showed Piers’s softer side (Credit: Twitter)

“@piersmorgan you giant cream egg you, hard on the outside all soft and gooey on the inside. @GMB brought a tear to my eye and big smile on my face this morning,” one fan tweeted.

Fans claimed it was touching interview (Credit: Instagram)

“You just created memorable TV with Valentino. Fantastic and touching. Well done Piers,” another fan said, while another said “you have made my day with that interview what a lovely thing to do 😘”

Viewers were quick to comment on the interview (Credit: Twitter)

Piers himself tweeted that Valentino was his “favourite guest of all time,”  calling him a “remarkable man.”

Piers also praised Valentino (Credit: Twitter)

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