Ewan McGregor snubs Good Morning Britain interview following Piers Morgan row

Actor pulls out of interview on ITV breakfast show in objection to co-hosts negative comments on womens marches

Ewan McGregor has refused to appear as booked on breakfast news show Good Morning Britain after realising it was co-hosted by Piers Morgan. The actor, who is currently promoting the long-awaited Trainspotting sequel, T2, had been due to appear on Tuesday morning, 24 January, but dropped out at the last minute in protest at Morgans comments about the womens marches which took place around the world on Saturday.

The actor tweeted:

Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan)

Was going on Good Morning Britain, didn’t realise @piersmorgan was host. Won’t go on with him after his comments about #WomensMarch

January 24, 2017

Morgan hit back by accusing McGregor of narrow-mindedness and ideas above his station.

Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan)

Sorry to hear that @mcgregor_ewan – you should be big enough to allow people different political opinions. You’re just an actor after all.

January 24, 2017

On the show, Morgan added: Sorry that Ewan McGregors not here. He couldnt bear the thought of being on the sofa with me because he doesnt agree with me about the womens march.

I have to agree with what an actor thinks about a particular issue because theyre actors. And as we know actors views are more important than anybody elses.

In an article in the Daily Mail on Monday, Morgan who has proudly trumpeted his friendship with the new US president took aim at what he saw as the more repellent side of feminism: the vile, crude, man-hating, violent, nasty side.

Piers
Piers Morgan stands alongside Donald Trump in 2010 at a party for US television show The Apprentice. Photograph: Photowire/BEI/BEI/Shutterstock

The likes of Madonna and Ashley Judd who spearheaded protests, wrote Morgan, whipped [the crowd] into a man-hating frenzy. Ladies, I love you, he concluded. But if you let the nasty women win, you lose.

Over the weekend, McGregor tweeted his support for the protesters, saying he was so proud to see this extraordinary power.

Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan)

I’m with you in spirit today women of the world. My daughters are marching. I’m so proud to see this extraordinary power.

January 21, 2017

Later on Tuesday, Morgan hit back at the actor in another article in the Daily Mail, accusing him of unprofessionalism and cowardice in not appearing on the programme regardless of their divergent political views.

In the piece, Morgan called McGregor a narrow-minded, stupendously self-aggrandising, anti-democratic little twerp and said his stance on the womens march was hypocritical given his support of director Roman Polanski, who fled America after serving only a portion of his jail sentence for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl.

McGregors self-righteousness, said Morgan, echoed Meryl Streeps extraordinarily pompous and elitist anti-Trump speech at the recent Golden Globes.

The actor has yet to respond. T2 Trainspotting, a followup to Danny Boyles classic 21 years on, has received broadly positive reviews and opens around the country on Friday.

T2 Trainspotting: watch a clip from Danny Boyles sequel video

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/jan/24/ewan-mcgregor-snubs-good-morning-britain-interview-piers-morgan-womens-march-row

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