Piers Morgan called his controversial exit from British commercial station ITV last year a “farce”, but one episode he hopes has drawn everyone’s attention to the importance of free speech.
He also slammed ITV for “censoring him”, following his comments on the morning show Hello Brittany regarding the Duchess of Sussex’s statements about mental health during her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
At the time, Morgan’s remarks that he ‘didn’t believe a word of it’ prompted 58,000 people to complain to Britain’s television regulator. Ofcom later dismissed the complaints, saying limiting Morgan’s opinions would be a “chilling restriction” on free speech. The regulator, however, only dismissed complaints against ITV because Morgan’s co-presenters at the time challenged his views. The next day, he found himself in an on-air jam with another presenter and left the set. Asked to apologize by ITV, Morgan chose to resign.
Now, says Morgan, “I used to think I wasn’t censored, and then of course when I left good morning Britainit turned out that I was actually censored in the sense that I was told that I had to apologize for disbelieving Princess Pinocchio or that I should leave the building.
“So I took the option to leave the building, which I thought was a sad moment for me and for the show. I thought it was the wrong call from ITV.
“It was a little dramatic, but of course what it really did was focus everybody’s mind on ‘What is free speech?’
“I thought the whole thing was a prank, and I’m thrilled that in fact, as a result of the prank, we ended up with an entire network that is now dedicated to preventing this kind of prank from happening again.”
Morgan will soon launch his new show – which will air on TalkTV in the UK, FOX Nation in the US and Sky in Australia – which he says will “cancel those that have been cancelled”.
He also compared himself to former South African President Nelson Mandela.
“I feel like Nelson Mandela when he got out of jail,” Morgan said. “It’s like the long march to free speech.”
Let’s not forget, Mandela spent 27 years in prison for his political activities against the country’s racist apartheid regime, and later became the country’s first black president.