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Only half a year since Piers Morgan walked off the set of “Good Morning Britain” in anger, the legendary cultural and political commentator has returned with a vengeance.
Besides being hired to publish columns for the New York Post and The Sun, and besides being awarded with another book contract, Morgan has also been picked to host a new weeknight program on Fox News’ Fox Nation starting early next year.
All three accomplishments come courtesy a “global deal” with Fox News Media and News Corp. that was announced Thursday by News UK.
News Corp. is a gigantic conglomerate that owns the book publisher HarperCollins, as well as The Sun and the Post.
“I’m thrilled to be returning to News Corp. which is where I began my media career more than 30 years ago. Rupert Murdoch has been a constant and fearless champion of free speech and we are going to be building something new and very exciting together,” Morgan said in a statement.
Rupert Murdoch, the legendary executive chairman of News Corp, was equally thrilled.
“Piers is the broadcaster every channel wants but is too afraid to hire. Piers is a brilliant presenter, a talented journalist and says what people are thinking and feeling,” Murdoch said.
“He has many passionate fans around the world and we look forward to expanding his audience in the UK, at FOX Nation, Sky News Australia, The Sun and the New York Post,” he added.
BREAKING: I’ve gone home. Great to be rejoining Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation after 28 years. The place I started my media career, with the boss who gave me my first big break. We’re going to have a lot of fun…. pic.twitter.com/g6xBWvgXzd
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 16, 2021
Regarding his upcoming show, Morgan has promised it’ll be “a fearless forum for lively debate and agenda-setting interviews, and a place that celebrates the right of everyone to have an opinion, and for those opinions to be vigorously examined and challenged.”
In other words, it won’t be a liberal “safe space” — and that’s no surprise given the legendary commentator’s penchant for being confrontational and challenging status quo thinking, including the thinking that Meghan Markle is some sort of innocent heroine.
It was this willingness to challenge the woman who always “gets” what she wants that led to him walking off the set of “Good Morning Britain” in March and never returning after feuding with weatherman Alex Beresford.
The feud concerned Markle’s then-recently made but highly dubious claims that she’s suffered racism at the hands of the Royal Family.
Morgan was one of a few personalities willing to challenge the veracity of Markle’s allegations, and that made him a target of her mobbish base, who flooded the U.K.’s media “regulator” with tens of thousands of complaints accusing him of wrongdoing.
Before the Orwellian “regulator” could render a judgment, Morgan voluntarily resigned with a bang and tripled down on his criticism of Markle.
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) March 10, 2021
His resignation prompted an outcry of mockery and sanctimonious judgment, with his critics claiming that he was permanently done for.
“Piers Morgan: end of the road for the man who never knew when to stop,” a headline from The Guardian read.
Months later, he’s now getting the last laugh in more ways than one.
Earlier this very month, the U.K.’s media regulator “cleared” Morgan, according to the Associated Press.
“The Office of Communications, known as Ofcom, said Morgan did not breach the broadcasting code when he said on ‘Good Morning Britain’ that he did not believe what Meghan said during an interview with Oprah Winfrey in which the duchess said she had suicidal thoughts while struggling to fit in with the monarchy,” the AP reported on Sept. 1st.
In response, Morgan described the ruling as “a resounding victory for free speech” and asked if he’d be getting his job back.
I’m delighted OFCOM has endorsed my right to disbelieve the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s incendiary claims to Oprah Winfrey, many of which have proven to be untrue. This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios.
Do I get my job back? pic.twitter.com/czhzeejYpa
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 1, 2021
It’s presumed he was being sarcastic, especially considering that by then he must have been in the late stages of inking a deal with Fox News Media and News Corp.
The tweet was met with anger from his detractors:
Piers – you received a record 58,000 complaints for your actions. In what world is this a win for your behaviour? In most workplaces 1 or 2 complaints will lead to a dismissal. Freedom of speech wouldn’t even be a factor…..
— Rob Craggy (@CraggyRob) September 1, 2021
@piersmorgan I miss you greatly but your behaviour on those couple of episodes was indefensible. Yes you can have an opinion but that doesn’t mean you can yell uncontrollably at guests/colleagues and walk off the show. This isn’t the U.S. We have higher standards.
— RenegadeofFunk32 (@DonVijuan2489) September 1, 2021
Apparently, the latter Twitter user has never watched MSNBC …
Morgan’s latest tweet provoked the same disgruntled complaints, but sadly for his detractors, there’s nothing they can do to stop him or his legions of supporters.
Congratulations Piers. You deserve it. ITV committed one of the biggest acts of corporate self harm earlier this year – and went against the principles of free speech all journalists should hold dear. They will rue the day.
— Dan Wootton (@danwootton) September 16, 2021
Hey! Congratulations Piers. It’s a given that you’ll be a smash. Great week for you 👍🌟
— India Willoughby (@IndiaWilloughby) September 16, 2021
Congratulations Piers! Rupert is someone who is a big inspiration in the news biz. Been following both your careers and learned a lot from you both. Looking forward to this collab!
— 🥷🦅Austin Petersen 🇺🇲🥋 (@AP4Liberty) September 16, 2021
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