Piers Morgan has said he wants to “lift the cancellations” and called his departure from ITV last year a “farce” as he prepares to launch fledgling news channel TalkTV.
The former tabloid editor left ITV after storming off the set of Good Morning Britain after saying he didn’t believe Meghan’s claims from her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
His comments sparked more than 50,000 complaints, the most in Ofcom’s history, but the watchdog ruled Good Morning Britain had not breached the Broadcasting Code over Morgan’s controversial comments.
TalkTV starts Monday April 25 with shows from Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Tom Newton Dunn.
“I thought the whole thing was a farce, and I’m pleased that as a result of the farce, we actually have a whole network that is now committed to preventing this type of farce from happening again,” Morgan said.
“You shouldn’t be shamed or slandered or taken down for having an opinion unless you’re really spewing hateful, bigoted stuff,” he added, speaking ahead of the channel’s launch.
“I don’t intend to; I’ve never done that in my airtime. I want to be a broad church for every kind of point of view.”
Speaking alongside Osbourne, who emerged via video from the US, he explained: “I want to bring those who have been de-platformed onto a new platform.
“I want to undo those that have been cancelled. Basically what I want to point out is that Cancel Culture is as dangerous to society in its own way in terms of its assault on freedom of speech and expression as the coronavirus.
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“And could actually become more dangerous in the years and decades to come.
“So I think if a democracy like ours or America or Australia where this show airs, if a democracy loses that sense of what free speech means and stops defending an individual’s right to an opinion, you are it not a democracy.
“I hope this show and the network will stand up for democracy.”
Osbourne will appear on the hour-long panel discussion show The Talk, which airs at 9 p.m.
She said: “It’s a whole new thing for me to be involved at the beginning of a network and to be part of a network that doesn’t stand for a cause.
“Because usually, and especially here in America, a network is right or left or whatever it is. This is basically just the news with different people’s views on this, mostly experts, I’m not an expert but I definitely have an opinion on everything.
“It’s new, it’s innovative, it’s a place for anyone interested in what’s happening in the world, where they can go without being told what to think.
“We’re not telling anyone not to think the way we think, we’re just squeezing the conversation and opening it up for people to have even at home after we’re done with the conversation.”
Osbourne defended Morgan from racism allegations, with the episodes prompting The Talk to go on hiatus for a month.
Following last year’s Ofcom ruling, ITV said in a statement: “The ruling makes it clear that it was the balance and context provided by the program makers that was crucial in mitigating the potential for harm and crime that was committed may have been caused by Piers Morgan’s comments.
“Due to the programme’s editorial decisions and the contrasting views strongly expressed by other presenters and guests, the program has not broken Ofcom’s rules.”
TalkTV is News UK’s latest venture and will be broadcast on linear TV platforms as well as online services such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube.
The show will utilize News UK’s journalists, including The Times political team, The Sun’s showbiz desk and talkSPORT correspondents.
Morgan will appear on his global show Uncensored on April 25 at 8pm, broadcast from studio facilities in Ealing, west London.
The show airs on Fox Nation in the US and Sky News Australia.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/piers-morgan-hopes-to-uncancel-those-who-have-been-cancelled-41563074.html Piers Morgan hopes to “cancel” those who have been “cancelled”.