The 53–year-old presenter joined Susanna Reid, 47, in their brand new White City studio this morning after a long hiatus.
And it didn’t take long for dad-of-four, Piers Morgan to delve into a heated gender debate.
The Good Morning Britain telly host quizzed Child Of Our Time’s Professor Robert Winston, 77, on his views on transgender and gender identity issues.
Piers started: “I think anyone that wants to go through the process of transitioning from male to female, or female to male, it’s such an incredibly difficult process to go through, I would completely support people that do that.
“Where I have a problem is people opting out of gender. Being gender fluid.”
He then asked: “Where I have a problem is gender fluid. Is that not damaging to society, if we allow everyone to self-identify how the hell they like?”
Professor Robert replied: “Support is needed. We don’t really understand what is going on in the background of these people who are transgender – probably before birth. There are increasing evidence that there are hormonal and other influences which in fact dictate how people feel
“I think it would be helpful to do more research in that area.
“I think the other issue is that gender reassignment does require a massive amount of quite expensive treatment. People who are transgender certainly wouldn’t regard themself as being ill, yet they want to have free NHS treatment so there is a tension there as well.
“Giving young people hormones is not without risk either.”
Naturally, it didn’t take long for audiences to get involved and share their comments online.
“We don’t really understand what is going on in the background of these [transgender] people”
Professor Robert Winston
One person begged on Twitter: “Can Piers Morgan stop steering every conversation to something about gender sexuality or feminism – when it’s not hurtful it’s irritating and redundant because literally nobody cares what he thinks about it, including whoever he’s meant to be interviewing.”
“Give me a platform, I will come in and help people understand trans issues,” requested another.
A third slammed: Turned on my TV. Heard Piers Morgan scornfully say the word transgender. Turned off my TV.”
Piers had been absent from Good Morning Britain for several weeks over the Easter break, leaving the show at the end of March.
Richard Madeley stepped in for Piers whilst he was away, as well as Kate Garraway and This Morning’s Eamonn Holmes.
Piers and Susanna opened the first show in their brand new studios.
Their old Southbank digs in Waterloo have closed for redevelopment, and it’s expected they’ll return to their original stomping ground in around five years.
Catch Good Morning Britain weekdays from 6am on ITV.