Broadcaster Piers Morgan defended Sharon Osbourne, criticized CBS and condemned “arousing a crowd” with long pillars in recent days over the fall of her comments about Oprah Winfrey’s conversation with Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
In the Daily Mail list on Saturday, Morgan gave a timeline that led to him attacking the set of “Good Morning Britain” and his final departure for the game. Then on Monday, in another column of the Daily Mail, he attacked CBS separately with Osborne after defending him in “The Talk.”
Morgan on Saturday reiterated his criticism of Meghan, calling her “one of the most innocent, privileged, and hypocritical celebrities now using violence to suppress free speech” and “seeking to cancel anyone who deviates from their revived worldview or challenges the authenticity of their burning statements.”
He said he left ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” after refusing to apologize for dismissing Meghan’s revelations to Winfrey that she had a history of depression and suicidal thoughts.
“I wouldn’t apologize for not believing in Meghan Markle because the fact is that I don’t believe in Meghan Markle. And in a free, democratic society, I should be allowed to disbelieve in anyone, and say I don’t believe in them. That, of course, is the essence of freedom of speech?” Morgan wrote.
Morgan said at the time he was “sick” in a conversation with Meghan and Harry and called it the “trash-thon” of royalty. He criticized the couple for dropping a “race bomb” in connection with a conversation allegedly with a family member asking how the children’s skin would “darken”.
“I can’t believe his name, Meghan Markle,” Morgan said. “I can’t believe he read me a weather report, and that he shot and killed our royal family. I think it’s disrespectful.”
The United Kingdom’s communications office said this month it was investigating an episode of the game under “injury and criminal” laws after receiving more than 41,000 complaints following Morgan’s broadcast.
In his Sunday list, Morgan defended himself and Osbourne, who left CBS’s afternoon talk show “The Talk” on Friday following remarks he made in support of him.
“I am not a racist and Sharon Osbourne is not that but that did not stop the mob from chasing her because she wanted to protect me,” Morgan wrote in the article.
Morgan said he believed they both had a right to receive their opinions “without being considered racist” and called CBS a “Cowardly Broadcasting System” that “brutally bowed out to crowds who were arbitrarily transfusing blood as a group of language investigators.”
“The fact that we have both lost our jobs is not just an attack on free speech, but it is also a very serious crime of the oxen of culture – and the stinking hypocrisy in its core.”
CBS did not speak publicly with Morgan’s column, but the company in a statement on Friday announced Osbourne’s departure: “As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior towards her co-workers during the March 10 episode was not in line with our standards.
In an episode of “The Talk” earlier this month, following Morgan’s departure from “Good Morning Britain,” Osbourne expressed support for his remarks about Meghan and said she should not be criticized for standing with her friend.
“I feel like I’m going to be put in an electric chair because I have a friend that a lot of people think is racist so that makes me racist,” Osbourne said.
His colleague Sheryl Underwood, who is Black, asked Osbourne, “What would you say to people who don’t feel like while standing with your friend, you seem to have given reassurance or a safe place to something he or she said racist, or not?”
Osbourne replied, “Tell me where you have heard him say … teach me, tell me if you have heard me say racist things! Teach me, tell me!”
After a heated exchange with Underwood, Osbourne wrote a twitter comment.
“Please hear me say that I do not condone discrimination, lack of women or violence against others,” she said. “I should have been more specific about this in my tweet. I will always support freedom of speech, but now I realize how unintentionally I made a clear difference.”
CBS said in a statement, “As we move forward, we are identifying programs to improve productive staff and production processes to better serve our managers, producers, and ultimately, our viewers.”
The network said “The Talk” will return on April 12.