Sitting for a few hours on Rupert Murdoch’s Talk TV channel, which is not currently available on any Irish TV platform but can be streamed on YouTube, is like being carried down a sewer while the most repulsive scrapes from the bottom of Hell’s toilet bowl swim around you.
he ghastly Julia Hartley-Brewer at breakfast. The nasty controversy and ITV ditched Jeremy Kyle in the afternoon. Evening harpy with foghorn voice Sharon Osbourne.
But the biggest and loudest mind in this gallery of grotesques is Piers Morgan, whose over-the-top show Piers Morgan uncensored (Mon-Fri at 8pm) Talk TV’s launch night got off to a booming, boorish start.
As befits a narcissist with an ego bigger than his mouth, Morgan first compared himself to one of the greatest figures of the 20th century: “As Mandela might have said, it was a long road to free speech.”
So speaks the man who had his own CNN talk show, his own ITV talk show, on a five-year hiatus Good morning Britain (until he stormed off with a snowflake-like snort), several newspaper columns and is reportedly being paid £50million (€59million) for the presentation Uncensored for the next three years.
With these draconian restrictions barring Morgan from speaking out, Mandela’s 27 years in prison must have seemed like a walk in the park.
Anyway, the heavily followed coup for that first show was Morgan, who landed an interview at Mar-a-Lago donald trump — a man who knows a thing or two about coups himself.
But before we got to the meeting of the two men, whose big, meaty heads belie the thinness of their respective skins, we had to endure an insane 15-minute tirade from Morgan.
“These are dangerous days for free speech,” he declared, before lashing out at the ham demographic’s favorite targets — the guard brigade, the cancel culture (“This show is going to be a no-cancel zone”), snowflakes, trans athletes , obscuring statues, trigger warnings, blah, blah, blah – and a few that are new to me, including the renaming of snow white‘s Prince Charming as a rapist and the humiliations that befall Mr. Potato Head – don’t even ask!
And of course his own bogeyman twins who he just can’t let go: Harry and Meghan – “the Duke and Duchess of Netflix”.
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There was also a bang at “Weasel” Nigel Farage, his GB News rival for the Cream Puff crown.
Morgan promised he would deliver more of it “night after night.” Lord help us all.
There was a staggering amount of self-obsession, self-promotion, and boastful bragging. The show made “television history”. Vladimir Putin himself would be watching.
Both before and during the Trump interview, there were countless commercial breaks, but no actual commercials, just promos for other shows.
The Trump encounter, when it finally came, was more like the same old bullshit rehashed for the same old audience.
The 45th President was his usual belligerent, bullsh***ing self. If he were president now, there would be no war in Ukraine. Why? Because Putin is afraid of him. “I threatened him like he’s never been threatened before.”
China’s President Xi Jinping was also afraid of him. So does North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. “They said, ‘Wow, nobody’s ever spoken to us like that before’.”
He is the best president ever and “the best predictor of things ever”. The election was rigged. Joe Biden is “stupid”. Mitch McConnell is “stupid”. “There are stupid people running our country and the world is being torn to pieces.”
Morgan, who mostly asked Trump puffball questions, let this familiar idiocy continue.
The worst moment was when he revealed he had spoken to Trump for 70 minutes and that there would be more of that bilge the following night.
The best thing that can be said about Talk TV is that it’s sleeker and more professional than GB News. On the other hand, the cable TV channel was also there Wayne’s world.
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