The fall-out from Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan’s meltdown at finding that Ewan McGregor - that would be A Real Star, as opposed to just another of those clever people who talk loudly in restaurants - did not want to share the sofa with him has continued, to the point where Morgan’s pals in The Old Media have decided - purely by coincidence, you understand - to rally round and defend his allegedly principled stance.
A clever person who talks loudly in restaurants
Strangely, most of the defending being done on Morgan’s behalf consists not of telling the world what a great bloke he is, but attacking McGregor. Typical of the genre has been the deeply unpleasant and disgraced former Sun editor Kelvin McFilth, who has today told his readers “If Ewan McGregor is so moral why did he work for paedo director Roman Polanski?” Yes, Kel is taking a highly moral tone over the issue.
A real star
Quite how the person who dropped the Sun in the mire over Hillsborough, and who left a litany of defamation, racism, misogyny, and other minor forms of intolerance and bigotry as his legacy to journalism, gets to occupy the moral high ground is an interesting one. But Kel is not alone: Eamonn Holmes, the allegedly slimline radio and TV host, has also weighed in - as noted by the Sun’s Bizarre column.
Adding his contribution to the established part of the Old Media has come one of its sadder wannabes, the loathsome Toby Young, who has told “Why my sympathies are with @piersmorgan in his spat with @mcgregor_ewan … What is it about left-wing virtue signallers like @mcGreggor_ewan that's so irritating? My latest @Spectator column”. It’s certainly irritating when you can’t get someone’s Twitter handle straight.
Tobes has no room to talk about virtue signalling, having done little else since he went on his crusade to tell the world how crap state schools were, and only the intervention in the sector by Himself Personally Now, bankrolled by well north of £20 million of taxpayer funds, could save the day. In any case, all this support has been no use at all.
That is because, in the latest Popbitch email, under the heading “Piers review … Shepharding star guests”, it has been revealed that Ewan McGregor was not alone in concluding that he did not wish to be interviewed by Breakfast TV’s most shameless self-promotion artist. Morgan and his fans may want to Look Away Now.
“If you enjoyed Piers Morgan filling his nappy to the brim when Ewan McGregor declined to appear on Good Morning Britain earlier this week, just wait until he finds out that talent bookers for GMB have been having exactly this same sort of discussion with celebrity star guests for months now … Bookers have literally been asking agents directly if they mind their clients appearing on air with Piers and will try, wherever possible, to move guests over to a morning when Ben Shephard is hosting instead”.
I WONDER WHY SHE MIGHT NOT BE KEEN
Truth be told, it’s not just about Piers Morgan’s views on Women’s Marches, celebrities who won’t give him the time of day, or the kinds of questions he might ask during interviews. It’s about someone who wants to make the whole shebang about Himself, constantly push the idea that he’s a star, turn the exercise into a great big festival of self-promotion. Ewan McGregor’s mistake was not to be available on Thursday or Friday.
I look forward to seeing Morgan and his pals’ response to Popbitch. If there is one.