Everything That Piers Morgan Needs To Apologize For

Piers Morgan is often compared to Marmite. Which, for any non-Brits, is a savory spreadable black gloop made from yeast extract. The Sun reports Morgan was "absolutely chuffed" when an artist used it to paint a portrait of him on slices of toast. People either love or hate Marmite, usually the latter, unless they were first exposed to it at a really young age — kind of blowing the analogy out of the water as it's unlikely there are many really young kids that are huge Morgan fans.

Many adults aren't exactly Morgan admirers either, especially in the U.S. The National Post blames Morgan's CNN talk show disaster on "viewers [hating] being lectured by a man who berated opponents as a bunch of idiots and showed disdain for their country and its institutions." The outlet also blames his endless chatter about "soccer and cricket." Let's face it, two sports that aren't exactly beloved by the USA's average cable news consumer.

Morgan is hugely disliked in the U.K. too, but he does actually have fans. The Guardian describes the former tabloid editor as a "British heritage potato, with eyes drawn on" and claims, "[he has] a particular knack for delighting his detractors." Somewhat of an understatement, given Morgan's notorious Twitter trolling and ranting. Butter some toast and prepare for a yeasty Marmite overload — we're breaking down everything that Piers Morgan needs to apologize for.

His Meghan Markle vendetta

Out of everything that Piers Morgan needs to apologize for, his vicious vendetta against Meghan Markle is probably top of the list. Just the mere mention of her name seems to make his blood boil. Morgan's hatred led to him losing his "Good Morning Britain" hosting gig in March 2021 after throwing a temper tantrum over Markle and storming off set.

Per the Independent, Morgan's hissy fit occurred mid-debate with Alex Beresford. The cohost was schooling Morgan over his scathing critique of Meghan and Harry's Oprah interview. Morgan caused outrage after disputing Markle's comments about contemplating suicide during her first pregnancy. He doubled down on his accusations the day after "GMB" announced Morgan had left the show. "On Monday, I said I didn't believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I've had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don't. If you did, OK. Freedom of speech is a hill I'm happy to die on. Thanks for all the love and hate. I'm off to spend more time with my opinions," he tweeted.

True to his word, Morgan continued to spew his opinions courtesy of the Daily Mail. In a lengthy rant, Morgan ordered "Princess Pinnochio" to "put your gloating champagne away." He claimed, "The court of public opinion now knows you're a fork-tongued devious, manipulative piece of work." This came after he confessed to The Times that he'd gotten "too personal" in attacking Markle, a possible reference to Markle "ghosting" him shortly after she met Harry, per Vanity Fair.

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Ridiculing trans and non-binary people

Piers Morgan has persistently mocked those who identify as non-binary and derided transgender men and women. Pink News reports Morgan's regular attacks on transgender folks led to "thousands" demanding "Good Morning Britain" ax the cohost "for 'dehumanizing' trans people." A Change.org petition called for Morgan to be fired for ridiculing "those who do not identify in a way he is willing to comprehend." Morgan did finally part ways with "GMB," but because of his never-ending Markle vendetta, not his disgusting remarks.

In 2017, Morgan sarcastically tweeted, "I never insult the LGBT community. I have a problem with non-binary gender neutral/fluid bulls**t." This was in response to a Gay Star News list of "10 times Piers Morgan has insulted the LGBTI community," including when he asked a non-binary couple if he could now "be an elephant" and thereby get "elephant rights" (because, presumably, elephants actually have rights). When Morgan made similar remarks about "identifying as a two-spirit penguin," "Emmerdale" actor James Morgan tweeted, "This ain't funny, it's transphobic."

Morgan downplayed concerns about members of the transgender community committing suicide by saying he heard "two or three [transgender] people" took their lives in 2016, but a 2012 Trans Mental Health Survey found that 48% of transgender people in Great Britain had attempted suicide. Morgan also misgendered trans activist Janet Mock during an interview – even including a chyron stating "Janet Mock was a boy until 18" — and repeatedly questioned her about her genitalia. On Twitter, Mock later begged Piers to "stop sensationalizing my life."

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Relentless and persistent mansplaining

A Google search of "Piers Morgan mansplain" yields 260,000 results ("Piers Morgan tool" has over 4.5 million). Morgan is renowned for interrupting and shouting over coworkers and guests alike. He's also famed for his persistent and relentless "mansplaining." KQED details how Amber Rose completely slew Morgan after he tried mansplaining feminism to her. He feebly denied attempting to do the same to another female celebrity. "I'm not mansplaining @EmmaWatson re feminism. I'm asking her why she thinks she can go topless, but Beyonce can't," he tweeted. Morgan once even mansplained what wearing a hijab meant for Muslim women — to two Muslim women.

Per the Express, Morgan's former co-hosts Susanna Reid and Laura Tobin "were eye-rolling for England" after he claimed, "Women need a good bit of mansplaining." He doubled down, insisting, "Absolutely need a mansplainer to tell you all where you're going wrong." To prove his point, Morgan proceeded to interrupt Tobin as she began her meteorological forecast report — to inform everybody what the day's weather would be like.

According to the Independent, Reid "sarcastically thanked [Morgan] for mansplaining women's football" during a segment. He hit back, claiming women didn't actually want "gender equality" but instead attempted to make things "unequal again" by undermining men so females could be superior. He's consistently railed against "wokeness" and "the snowflake generation," but Bette Midler once called him out over how he handles criticism by tweeting, "Even #Viagra can't help a man who is that soft."

Creeping on his co-worker

Piers Morgan prides himself on his "feminazi" mocking, so it's a no-brainer he felt entitled to creep on his co-worker on TV. Per Yahoo! the (now former) "Good Morning Britain" host was "branded sexist" for repeatedly making inappropriate remarks about Laura Tobin's on-air attire in 2020. According to the Mirror, Morgan was fixated on her "tight red trousers," ogling the weather reporter and commenting on her faux-leather pants multiple times.

Morgan accused Tobin of strutting "around in hot pants," insisting, "when a female presenter parades herself in skintight leather trousers to do the weather, you are going to get people going 'wow.'" Per The Sun, when Tobin told Morgan the material of her pants was "sustainable" and not leather, he leered, "They're certainly sustaining me." After floods of complaints about "that leching old man" sexually objectifying Tobin, Morgan responded by seemingly blaming her for his problematic behavior. "If she is going to wear figure-hugging leather trousers I am going to notice," he vowed. "You deliberately wore them to get people to notice, all of you wear clothes hoping they will get noticed. If I call you hot, why is that offensive?"

Morgan clearly didn't learn his lesson, as he was at it again in 2021. Per Newsweek, he said that he was "distracted" by Charlotte Hawkins wearing a skirt on "Good Morning Britain." His outrage-inducing thoughts on women's fashion in the workplace also include it being acceptable for employers to order female employees to wear high heels, per the Daily Mail.    

Cleavage policing Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon became the focus of Piers Morgan's ire in January 2016. The self-appointed style-Stasi sergeant attacked the actor for showing her cleavage. Sarandon was a nominee and presented the In Memorium Tribute at the SAG Awards. She wore a single-button Max Mara white suit with a black bra top.

According to Morgan, it was highly offensive — which is something he's been accused of being himself countless times. "Very tacky, Ms Sarandon," Morgan tweeted, linking to a Daily Mail article headlined, "She looks rack-diculous!" Once Morgan started gaining attention, he seized the reins and galloped on. "Would Susan Sarandon wear this to a funeral? No, It was thus horribly inappropriate for an In Memoriam tribute," the tabloid Tom Ford tweeted.

"Here's the thing: it's not your job to tell Sarandon that she's 'too old' to dress herself," Salon wrote. "If anything, the older a woman gets, the more freedom she should have to dress however the hell she wants." Morgan creepily assured Sarandon, "I think your cleavage is magnificent." Then he schooled her on when and how to show it, with a gloriously British passive-aggressive sign-off. "I'd just keep it hidden for 'In Memoriam' tributes. Love Piers x," he tweeted. "Well, it seems the world can't quite handle a woman having breasts; let alone a woman who, god forbid, has breasts after the age of 40 — or even (gasp), north of 60," Stylist observed, commenting, "Three claps for misogyny."

Schooling Black people on the 'N' word

Piers Morgan has a habit of angering other people by telling them how to act, dress, and talk. In November 2014, he decided to school Black people on using the "N" word. In the Daily Mail, Morgan made an utterly irrelevant comparison between how many times the "N" word vs. "dude" and "bro" were tweeted. "The reason [the "N" word] is so ingrained in pop culture is that many blacks, especially young blacks reared to the soundtrack of N-word splattered rap music, use it in an ironic way," he claimed.

Morgan then white-splained the history of the "N" word — before, inevitably, playing the victim card. "They enjoy the freedom of being able to say it now in the knowledge that it's become taboo for whites to do so. ... I get it. But I don't like it," he wrote, ordering Black people to stop using the "N" word if they want white people to — proving to many that he doesn't "get it" at all.

"Assume black people stopped saying the word, and then white people had no excuse to say it, what exactly would that solve?" John Legend responded. However, per the Guardian, it was editor Ta-Nehisi Coates branding him "ignorant" that really triggered Morgan's inner snowflake. "Is it what I wrote that offended, #BlackTwitter – or the skin colour of the man who wrote it? #NWord," Morgan tweeted. "You are further evidencing your deep ignorance," Coates replied. "Black people have been debating this among themselves long before you."

Blaming the Kardashians for Lamar Odom's coma

There are multiple things the Kardashians can legitimately be blamed for, but Lamar Odom's coma isn't one of them. Not so, though — according to Piers Morgan. He plays the blame game in a sensationalist Daily Mail article titled "Lamar Odom's tragedy is that he just couldn't keep up with the Kardashians."

"There can't be many more pitiful, humiliating ways to potentially end your life than face down in an infamous Nevada brothel, vomiting uncontrollably from the overdose of herbal Viagra you took to keep up with myriad prostitutes during a 4-day binge," Morgan writes compassionately. He claimed to "[like] the Kardashians." Despite the clickbait headline, he admits that he doesn't actually hold them accountable for Odom's struggles. Instead, Morgan says, he blames reality TV. #OKPiers

Salon was having none of it — the outlet slammed Morgan for "ghoulishly troll[ing]" — claiming his "inane blaming" proves "how little he knows" and quoting Morgan's overly dramatic decree that Odom's "dignity and reputation are already dead, shredded at the altar of reality television." The Daily Mail article was published on October 14, 2015, one day after Odom was hospitalized. E! details the levels of care and support the Kardashians provided to help Odom through his medical ordeal — and the aftermath. Following some relapses, the former baller appears to finally be back on track — here's hoping, because per Newsweek, Odom signed on for "Celebrity Big Brother" in 2022, a brave and potentially brutal move.

Telling Brits to shut up and 'man up' over mental illness

Piers Morgan's obsession with telling people to "man up" caused a furor in 2017. "34 million UK adults are mentally ill? What utter nonsense. Man up, Britain & focus on those who REALLY need help," he tweeted — during Mental Health Awareness Week, no less. Stylist slammed the "toadish contrarian" for encouraging "men to repress their mental health struggles" instead of seeking help, adding, "[Morgan possesses] a deluded vision of what it takes to be a man, and what it takes to have a valid mental illness."

The Office for National Statistics reports 75% of English and Welsh suicide victims are male. It's become a leading cause of death for men aged 20-34. But, honey badger don't care — he was right back at it, hunting for retweets just four months later. "I'll be co-hosting @GMB tomorrow with 3 broken ribs. For the more fragile snowflakes among you, this is called 'manning up,'" Morgan boasted. "I was in combat w/ 50 lbs on my back w/ RA, & two bulging discs & two blood clots in my back. Who's the snowflake? Screw sitting & talking," a female soldier clapped back.

"The more we talk about it, the more mental health cases we get," Morgan told The U.S. Sun — totally missing the point yet again. "I certainly don't like it as an excuse to make people lose their jobs because someone has been telling porky pies," Morgan opined, making a snide attack on — you guessed it — Meghan Markle.

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His Beckhams obsession

When it comes to Piers Morgan's hate list, nothing will ever beat Meghan Markle and political correctness. However, vying for a possible third spot are David and Victoria Beckham. The Channel 4 documentary "Spice Girls: How Girl Power Changed Britain" (via YouTube) shows Victoria interviewing Morgan back in 1998 when he was editor of the Daily Mirror, and she was dating Beckham. Victoria doesn't hold back, quizzing him about why he's so spiteful about her boyfriend. "Every time we put [you and David] on the cover, we sell more papers," Morgan admitted. In the clip, he's complimentary and flirtatious towards Victoria. However, Morgan got increasingly "vindictive" and obsessed with David Beckham over the years and then Victoria too.

The attacks include Morgan tweeting that Beckham is "so overrated" in 2016 but insisting (via The Sun), "I don't dislike [David and Victoria], I just see through them." On "Good Morning Britain," he branded Beckham a "fraud" for his charity work and scathingly critiqued his acting skills, per the Mirror. In 2018, he slammed the entire Beckham family after they posed for a Vogue front cover, tweeting, "God, the Beckhams are so.... cringe," and a year later, he insisted to Weekend magazine (via Metro) that the couple were "rank hypocrites" for "pimping up" their children. He also opined during a "GMB" segment (via The Sun) that David was "creepy" and "weird" for giving his then-8-year-old daughter a peck on the lips.

His relentless war on veganism

Like it or not, vegetarianism and veganism are becoming increasingly popular. Even McDonald's has started marketing and selling a vegan McPlant burger in the U.K. So, guess who really doesn't like it? Piers Morgan, of course. 

Per The Sun, Morgan claimed "the world's gone nuts!" because a café depicted in the U.K. soap opera "Eastenders" ditched bacon and sausages from its menu and chose vegetarian options instead — a soap opera, just to reiterate. He nearly burst a blood vessel during another "Good Morning Britain" diatribe (via Daily Mail) where he claimed, "My belief is that eating meat helps sustain the planet and that vegans are unethical because they all eat almonds, which kills millions of bees." Fact check: per Forbes, "Almond trees aren't killing bees; pesticides and corporate greed are."

Despite nobody pinning him down and forcing him to not consume meat or dairy products, Morgan has chosen to wage a relentless war on veganism. Among his many rants against non-meat eating is his anger at Marks & Spencer's discontinuing "Percy Pig" candy because it contains gelatin — "a protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones with water" (per PETA), and his fury at Greggs bakery for selling vegan sausage rolls, in addition to their usual meat ones. He even pretended to vomit into a trash can after tasting one.

Mocking Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg proves triggering for many middle-aged men. "Perhaps because of her remarkable efforts, the young environmental campaigner seems to bring out the worst in a certain cohort, especially on the right," Financial Times notes. "Some of these people are beginning to demonstrate an almost pathological loathing for someone who is, after all, a child with Asperger's syndrome trying to save the world."

The outlet goes on to urge "threatened dads" to encourage their kids to be "more like Greta" instead of posing for selfies or trawling TikTok. But before the piece was published, Piers Morgan engaged in exactly the type of behavior that was being called out. After insisting he's not among those "behaving like imbeciles," the 54-year-old man performed a ludicrous impersonation of the 16-year-old girl's impassioned speech at the UN Climate Summit in 2019. "How dare you! How dare you! You have stolen my morning. You have stolen my airtime. I have no life. How dare you," Morgan mocked on "Good Morning Britain." 

Per The Sun, the Twitterverse was ablaze with people "blasting" Morgan — calling him "a moron" and "a d**k." It's not the first time he's attacked the teen. Morgan was predictably outraged when Thunberg was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. "What's she done for peace, exactly? She's got just very very angry about climate change, abused loads of adults & terrified millions of children," he tweeted

Slut-shaming female pop stars

Piers Morgan knows a thing or two about how young women should behave and dress — or so he believes. The self-appointed Morality Police Chief regularly melts down over female pop stars. Morgan and journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer were outraged after all-girl band Little Mix posed nude with insults they've been called over the years written all over their bodies. Totally missing the point, Morgan accused the four young women of pulling a cheap stunt by using "sex" to sell albums. NME demanded he "stop slut-shaming women in pop."

"We're reminded that, no matter how incensed old pundits get by the modern state of pop, we're the ones who know what the future holds," the outlet wrote. "Policing women's bodies? Keep that s**t, Julia and Piers. The new generation of women in pop have better things to do than deal with your BS." Meanwhile, Jesy Nelson kept it short and sweet, calling Morgan "a bl**dy tw*t" when asked about his comments during a radio interview (via PopBuzz).

Ariana Grande immediately jumped to the band's defense. "I look forward to the day you realize there are other ways to go about making yourself relevant than to criticize young, beautiful, successful women for everything they do," she tweeted (via Variety). "I think that'll be a beautiful thing for you and your career or whatever's left of it." Her mom, Joan Grande, also stepped into the fray, asking, "Honestly, what is wrong with you @PiersMorgan?"

Constantly claiming he's a victim

Piers Morgan is basically like the stereotypical schoolyard bully. He loves to dole it out, but he doesn't like to take it. Considering his rampages against the "snowflake generation," Morgan is incredibly thin-skinned, constantly claiming he's being victimized and attacked. After being called out for his relentless vendetta against Meghan Markle, per Vanity Fair, Morgan claimed he was a victim of "racist bullying."

"Can all the Meghan/Harry fans currently abusing me with stuff like 'shut the f**k up white man' please stop trying to silence my voice with racist bullying. Thanks," he tweeted. "I'd rather s**t in my hands and clap them together," one Twitter user eloquently replied. "On social media, I get called a fat white gammon all day long. That is also racist," Morgan decreed on "Good Morning Britain" (via The Sun). "That's not racist; they're just insulting you," political journalist Grace Blakely pointed out. ("Gammon" is uncooked ham.)

Per the Independent, Morgan also insisted he's a victim of "cisphobia" after he was "blasted [for his] ignorance" over his appalling interview with trans activist Janet Mock. And returning to Markle — yet again — Morgan claimed he's "the latest victim of cancel culture" after losing his "GMB" job. But then he insisted, "Of course, I consider myself to be neither a victim nor actually canceled" (via Geo News). Morgan performed another 180 by moaning to Tucker Carlson (via USA Today) that he was indeed a victim, this time of the "woke mob."

Demanding British Muslims tackle terrorism

Piers Morgan compared "pedophile priests" to radicalized Islamists during an interview with Amir Khan. "I don't think it should be offensive [telling Muslims] to say 'come on, we need to do more,'" he opined. "You need to do more," he decreed next. "The Manchester murderer may have been a 'lone wolf,' but I refuse to believe NOBODY knew ANYTHING. As Trump said, Muslims must Drive. Them. Out," Morgan ranted on the Daily Mail. "It's not offensive, racist or bigoted," he insisted again.

"All you did is make the situation worse by blaming Muslims. Grow up, Piers. Think. Don't Trump," Political commentator Mo Ansar tweeted. During an interview with Maajid Nawaz, Morgan advised Muslims to "stop being so defensive ... [and] feeling like everyone's against you and hating you." Wise words from somebody well-versed in being defensive and feeling hated. Morgan encouraged Muslims to turn that frown upside down by making a negative situation into a positive one. "How [do we] get these people out?" he suggested they ask.

"You want to live in this country, you abide by our laws and ... values," he informed Nawaz — an anti-extremism activist born in Southend-on-Sea, making him equally as British as Morgan. Meanwhile, the head of counter-terrorism policing reports the "vast majority of [potential domestic terrorists] are British born or raised" (via The Guardian), seemingly supporting Nawaz's suggestion that what the country needs is a "whole of society" approach.