Stephen Fry is one of the UK’s most celebrated national treasures. Piers Morgan is… well, he’s also a household name.
As far as public personas and politics go they’re pretty much chalk and cheese, and you certainly wouldn’t normally put them together.
But Morgan has now openly challenged the award-winning actor to confront him, and indeed insult him on live television, saying he thinks it would be “funny”.
The TalkTV host tweeted the invitation on Sunday in response to comments Fry made during an interview for theDiary of a CEOpodcast. Morgan wrote: “Poor old Stephen Fry seems to be getting confused in his old age.
“I don’t work for GB News - but if he wants to come on my show and repeatedly call me a c*** then he can. Would be quite funny actually.”
\u201cPoor old Stephen Fry seems to be getting confused in his old age. I don\u2019t work for GB News - but if he wants to come on my show and repeatedly call me a c*** then he can. Would be quite funny actually.\u201d
“It doesn’t sound like a nice, happy place,” he said, adding: “I’m just not sure I’ll want to see some of the tweets that float up from the kind of people that Elon Musk encourages.”
He continued: “It’s not that I want it to be a leftwing thing, not a rightwing thing – I’m fully, of course, aware that it should reflect society as much as possible, but…”
He went on: “Do you know what I’ve wanted to do, in a sort of way, is go on one of those… Doesn’t Piers Morgan do something, is it GB News he does or one of those things?”
After Barlett replied in the affirmative, Fry said: “I sort of wanted to go on there – you’ll have to hold your ears now – and go, ‘Hello, how are you, you old c***? It’s f***ing great to see you! C***, c***, c***’.”
He then anticipated that Morgan would swiftly tell him: “You can’t say that,” to which he would retort: “Oh, I thought this was the home of free speech… Isn’t it?
“I thought this was the f***ing home of c***ing free speech. But it isn’t. Oh, so free speech is negotiable? There are bits that you can’t say and bits that you can.”
The outspoken presenter’s desire to take on the Jeeves and Wooster star was met with derision and encouragement. Here’s a look at what fellow Twitter users had to say:
\u201cI wish we could all go on your show and call you a cunt, @piersmorgan. Would be fucking hilarious actually.\u201d
— (The One And Only) J. Henry (@(The One And Only) J. Henry)
\u201c@piersmorgan He doesn't know where you work because it's one of those channels that's a good 30 or so pages down the channel listings that no-one watches. Alongside PetFoodTV and Sewing24. \n\nHe had to ask.\n\nAnd we know you'd have him on to do that, it'd be a ratings booster.\u201d
\u201cYou don't sound intimidated or pitiful at all Piers.\u201d
— pingu stan \ud83d\udda4\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\u26a7\ufe0f (@pingu stan \ud83d\udda4\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\u26a7\ufe0f)
Unfortunately, Fry himself may not have received Morgan's message given that he’s left the social media platform.
Maybe Morgan can send it to him over on Mastodon instead...
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