And what's more, Ron ...
All this with no discernible talent, save that he knows, or claims to know, people who are famous, is able to shoot off his North and South about this ad infinitum, and indeed ad nauseam, while many were unaware what the real movers and shakers thought of him.
Not any more. After Morgan recorded an interview with Tucker Carlson for Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse), and Tweeted it out to his followers, author, journalist and producer David Simon (think The Wire, among others) indicated his displeasure. “In an ocean of talking-head sewage, what are the chances that the two most pouty and puckered assholes in broadcast television would ever swim through the brown, find each other, and discuss the events of the day?” Real mover and shaker speaks. Hello Piers.
What say The Great Man? “Talking of sewage, Dave... you were all over me like a sycophantic chap rash when I interviewed you. Yet now you play the vicious horrible illiberal liberal to appease your vile woke base. All a bit sh*t really. But on a positive note, I loved The Wire”. Piers says it’s “my pal Dave”! Except Simon didn’t see it that way.
“You met me once, on a stage at Cannes with Richard Plepler & Aaron Sorkin on a panel I attended at the request of HBO. 1) Didn’t know you from a fart in high wind. 2) Was polite to said fart at Richard’s request as that man was a Medici to me. Now go lick some racist royalty”. BOOM! OUCH!! Come on Piers, let’s have a bit of the old wit!
“Aaron was a class act. You.... not so much. Probably explains why The West Wing is so much better than The Wire”. Suddenly, he doesn’t love The Wire. Simon, meanwhile, didn’t much love him, either. “Sorkin is swell and has gigs. I’m still working for Time Warner after a quarter century. You’re unemployed and if it was a Tijuana cathouse and you had a fistful of fifties, you still couldn’t get laid at TW or anywhere else over here. Not after that pratfall you did at CNN”. Double OUCH! And thus the reality of Morgan’s Stateside popularity.
Many would by now have taken the hint. But Morgan’s ego would not allow him to do the sensible thing and retire from the field of battle. It was just a scratch! “Yet oddly, despite your stupendous ego, I have 26 times as many followers as you! You’re a great writer but a repulsive human being. Aaron’s a better writer and a great guy. Be more like Aaron”.
Yes, his was bigger than Simon’s. Possibly because David Simon is more concerned with actually doing the writing, development, producing and show running than talking about Himself Personally Now. And Morgan’s humiliation was not yet over, as historian Kevin Kruse had a question The Great Man did not want to answer. “Did the phone-hacking aspect of The Wire hit too close to home for you?” Another OUCH! What say Piers now?
Less than an hour later, Kruse mused “I guess that’s a ‘yes’?” after Morgan, who isn’t a snowflake, honestly, threw another mardy strop and blocked him.
When it comes to real US celebrity, Piers Morgan can’t catch a cold. Sad, really.
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