Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan has spoken out on why he didn't take part in Blackout Tuesday.

Yesterday, the music industry and celebrities took part in a "blackout", which for the music industry, saw regular day to day operations cancelled as it aimed to stand in solidarity with the black community in the wake of George Floyd's death.

African American George Floyd was killed when a white police officer pinned him to the ground and knelt on his neck during an arrest on May 25.

He was 46 years old.

His death has sparked outrage and protests across America.

On social media, the blackout involved posting a plain black image to your Instagram page or other social channels in a bid to amplify black voices.

Many social media users and businesses took part, with plain black tiles dominating Instagram.

But Piers Morgan did not take part, and came under fire for it.

Speaking with a panel which included psychologist and former basketball player John Amaechi, Apprentice star Joanna Jarjue and diversity trainer G Turawa, Piers explained his reason.

The 55-year-old host said: "I didn't do it... not as a deliberate act of defiance but we'd done an hour of it on the show yesterday... so it seemed a bit pointless."

Piers added he was "interested" when he was "shamed by people".

He said: "Where is that line? I don't think people should be shamed into not posting things... I think they should be educated" and added: "I don't think you should be judged on your ability" to post a black square on social media.

Piers revealed his sons had told him to take part and post a black square but he cited the discussions and debates he had been a part of on Good Morning Britain and said: "I don't want to cast aspersions... but I can guarantee today people will go back to posting" (their usual Instagram pictures).

The guests were supportive of the moment, saying it started a dialogue.

John Amaechi said: "We're frustrated, but fundamentally when we look at the protests over the last few weeks these are all part of the same continuum."

He added: "If in Britain you're a black woman having a child, you are five times more likely to die in childbirth than a white woman... it has ripples throughout society."

Co-host Susanna Reid said: "It's vital it's not just about posting an image."

Piers Morgan and guests, John Amaechi, Joanna Jarjue and G Turawa

Joanna Jarjue said: "I absolutely welcome the social media movement that was happening yesterday... but the problem is people don't understand what racism actually is.

"People in this country don't seem to understand the difference between overt racism and covert racism."

She added: "The reason why I welcome this Blackout Tuesday yesterday is because without allies... black people can't do it on our own."

She praised the movement for starting a conversation and said "usually when we have these types of conversations... it falls on deaf ears", but felt she was able to speak up about her lived experiences for the first time.

G Turawa said: "I think the black square is a way of creating a debate.

"Looking at it in the broadest sense, we're at the point where people need to talk... all of these things create a dialogue."

Piers Morgan said he hoped the outrage that has been sparked since George Floyd was killed would make a difference.

He said he had hope that this time, we have "woken up".

John said: "I agree that social posts are not the end of - it's a good start but you have to imagine fighting racism is like pushing a boulder up a steep incline."

John said black people had been "pushing the boulder" and get support sometimes but people naturally get distracted from the fight, leaving black people to shoulder the burden alone.

Piers asked what white people should do.

John said: "It's not enough to be not racist, you've got to be actively anti-racist... make some demands of yourself of everyday things you're going to do".."

He called for people to call out their "racist uncle", saying "you don't have to co-sign on their behaviour" and added calling racism out among relatives and loved ones might not garner public praise, but it would make a difference.

Joanna added: "We do kind of have to walk on eggshells because the kind of response you get when you're telling your own lived experience is extraordinary, really.

"This is the first time I've been able to strongly and openly talk about my experience."

When asked about his lived experience, G said the conversation needed to be shifted.

G said: "What does it mean to be white? I am not the architect of my misfortune. I'm on the receiving end, we need to change the dialogue... it's the impact I'm having, I'm not the cause if that makes sense."

He called for Good Morning Britain to potentially have a white panel on the show discussing what being white means and the ramifications it has for the BAME community.