Piers Morgan claims Jeremy Clarkson refused to text congratulations for new role

Piers Morgan has said that Jeremy Clarkson wanted to pay him a compliment to his face so he could "deny ever saying it".

The 56-year-old broadcaster and Diddly Squat Farm Shop owner, 61, famously feuded for over a decade before calling a ceasefire over recent years.

Despite the pair burying the hatchet publicly, it seems the former Top Gear presenter still harbours some feelings of mistrust towards his one-time foe.

Piers recently shared an encounter which he supposedly had with Jeremy at Rupert Murdoch's 90th birthday party.

In his re-telling, Piers alleged that Jeremy revealed to him the reason why he didn't send him a congratulatory text on his new contract with the tycoon's talkTV was because he didn't want Piers to write about the message at a later date.

Piers shared the details of the alleged conversation in his weekly column for Daily Mail's Sunday supplement Event Magazine.

According to his column, Jeremey allegedly said: "I was going to text you to say well done on your brilliant new deal, but then I thought you'd just put that in your column, and I can't be seen to be saying positive things about you, obviously.

"So, I decided to tell you in person tonight instead".

Piers said he then asked Jeremy: "'Just to clarify, you're paying me a compliment to my face so you can later claim you never said it?"

The former GMB presenter claimed The Grand Tour star confirmed that to be correct.

Piers concluded in his column: "'Thank you, Clarkson,' I replied, involuntarily fingering the scar on my temple from where his fist once gouged a hole during a less amiable phase of our relationship."

During their years-long feud, Piers said he was punched by Jeremy, leaving a scar on his temple.

Of the incident, Piers told The Guardian: "I think it is fair to say he was a little inebriated."

Jeremy has previously said unpleasant articles published about him while Piers was working as a newspaper journalist led to several confrontations between them.

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