Piers Morgan jokingly stormed off the set of Lorraine after returning to ITV a year after leaving Good Morning Britain.
The 57-year-old TV presenter, who is starting a new program on TalkTV next week, made headlines last March when he left the daytime show after an on-air clash with weatherman Alex Beresford over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey left .
He arrived to the sound of the Eminem song Without Me with the words “Guess who’s back” before sitting down for a 15-minute interview.
Speaking to host Lorraine Kelly, Morgan opened up about his upcoming special with former US President Donald Trump, his Twitter spat with Caitlyn Jenner and the topic of transgender athletes competing professionally.
A promotional video released for his TalkTV interview on Wednesday showed Morgan and Mr Trump clashed over the latter’s allegations that the last US election was rigged and appeared to show Mr Trump exiting the camera stormed.
Overnight, Mr Trump released a statement alleging that Morgan “attempted to unlawfully and misleadingly edit his long and drawn out interview with me”.
In response, Morgan told Kelly, “He says it was a rigged election and he’s now saying I have a rigged promo. I would just say watch the interview – it will all be there. We will not do double processing. The President, I’m afraid, got very angry with me because he thinks he should have won the last election.
BREAKING: I’ll be returning to ITV tomorrow for the first time since the Markle debacle… live and definitely uncensored@Lorrainewith the fabulous@reallorraine– should be fun… (can even charge back@GMBwhile I wait and restore these ratings.) pic.twitter.com/BH82Ch2Bgo
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 20, 2022
“He took it very badly that he didn’t and he made up a story with no evidence so far that it was all fraudulent, that the voting system was fraudulent and that somehow it was stolen from him.
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“I said to him, ‘I don’t think so, I think you lost,’ and he didn’t like that, so we had a very lively and heated discussion about what I think people will find fascinating.”
The 75-minute interview, which took place at Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., will be shown Monday at 8 p.m. on TalkTV.
Following the release of Mr Trump’s statement, Caitlyn Jenner said she would cancel an interview with Morgan scheduled for next Wednesday because of his “disgusting misconduct”.
Morgan told Kelly the former Olympic decathlon champion was scheduled to discuss the issue of transgender athletes competing professionally.
But he added: “That was all set up, but she’s now read Donald Trump’s statement that this is a rigged promo and called me repugnant and canceled the interview, to which I said, ‘This is a promo, look that at interview’.
“And by the way, the promo reflects exactly what happened. Donald Trump got very angry about a certain thing and he couldn’t help it.
“This is a pathetic attempt to use President Trump to revive the career of a failed TV host.” @TayFromCA …could only agree. @piersmorgan I have just had my management cancel my appearance with you this Wednesday due to your disgusting misconduct today
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) April 21, 2022
“But when people see the interview, they’ll see that we have a nice exchange – we’ve always done that. But there’s this simmering anger he felt about what was sent to him before we even started the interview.”
Morgan also claimed that shortly before the interview, “someone close to Nigel Farage” who works for a competitor sent Mr Trump a three-page document detailing critical comments the journalist had made about the former US leader, leading to led to a heated crisis meeting.
Mr Farage later confirmed that he had indeed given Mr Trump a dossier during a visit to Mar-a-Lago a few days before the interview.
In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Mr Farage recalled telling Mr Trump that Morgan had “been going around the UK media bragging” about being his boyfriend, while at the same time saying “you sewn together”.
He said he told him, “If you do this interview, here’s the truth,” before handing over the dossier.
“Trump was clearly extremely dissatisfied,” Mr Farage added. “Because of that, the interview wasn’t the friendliest it could have been.”
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