Piers has a conscience and I suspect these self-punishing personal activities are evidence of it. I doubt he believes most of the non-sense he spews on TV for the sake of his paycheck. So “exercises” like this, I suspect, have a healing and strengthening effect. I don’t know the man personally, but I’m not one to really condemn anyone for that reason alone. I choose to believe instead that most of us are good and decent people. But I bet most people would also trade their own opinions for the right amount of $.