It was great fun, but it's almost a relief not to be in it any more.' The Boy did, of course, grow up in this rankly, bitchy, incredibly competitive environment. He says his celebrity self is more of a caricature rather than the real Piers Morgan.
'I think it's quite dangerous to put all of yourself out there.
'The best thing about getting fired was that it woke me up to getting back to the real world.
The only thing I miss are the people, but because the industry's in long-term decline, it's tough out there.
The Christmas card list halved, and I didn't hear from a single politician other than John Reid.
'If you're financially secure, in a happy relationship, you have a great relationship with your kids and there's no animosity in your life, you can really enjoy yourself.
'I used to have loads of animosity going on - personally and professionally; and a lot of friction. Friction's always round the corner because stuff happens, but right now things are good.
'When I go back to my family home, my brother [a lieutenant-colonel in the army] comes down and he'll be back from Iraq or something, and we'll have a proper conversation about that.
It feels a different world to the one I inhabit - which is all fairly trivial by comparison.' Growing up a Catholic in a village in Sussex, one of four children, Piers is passionate about his family.