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Piers Morgan calls himself a ‘Covidiot’ as he faces backlash for breaking rules

Piers Morgan has branded himself a "Covidiot" after admitting to breaking coronavirus rules "for a few seconds".

The Good Morning Britain host was photographed in a taxi without a face mask after date night with his wife Celia Walden, who was wearing one.

Taking responsibility, the 55-year-old took to Twitter and admitted he did break the rules, but fixed his mistake quickly.

"I put my mask on seconds after this pic was taken, as the cab moved off," he told his 7.7million followers.

"I should have done it before I got in but ironically, I was chatting to the paparazzi and I forgot."

He explained: "It was outside in the street. Ironically, the paparazzi were telling me they've been having a tough time financially during the pandemic.

"Looks like I've been able to help them out today with my few seconds of forgetfulness. So, every cloud etc."

Admitting his mistake again, he said: "I did breach Covid rules for a few seconds by forgetting to put my mask on before I got in the cab.

"Fortunately, I remembered as we pulled away and put it on.

"Masks help save lives, so it's very important we all remember to wear them when we should."

As Twitter users began giving Piers grief over his mistake, he assured them he wasn't making "an excuse".

He said: "I just explained what happened. I'm guilty as charged.

"For a few seconds, I was a Covidiot and I deserve the full wrath of Twitter hell to now descend on me."

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One user joked: "I slowed down seconds after I got caught speeding."

Another told him: "You should've put it on before, we have to before we walk into the shops and yet you preach to the masses.

"That's two in your family that have flouted the rules, but you think nothing of slandering the nation."

A third wrote: "You spend three morning a week condemning 'Covidiots' who don't wear a mask and sneering at those who claim they 'forgot' the rules.

"This was total disrespect for the cab driver."

Since the start of the pandemic, Piers has regularly slammed people breaking the rules – as well as Boris Johnson and the Government for not implementing strong enough guidelines or doing it quick enough.

Recently he took aim at Rita Ora who apologised after she had a rule-breaking birthday party, saying she was "sorry she got caught".

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