Piers Morgan isn’t exactly known for showing tact when it comes to the more sensitive issues, with his derisive style of interviewing landing him in hot water on more than one occasion.
He has now awoken the wrath of a former Kardashian member after insulting Caitlyn Jenner during his interview/interrogation show Piers Morgan’s Life Stories.
The 52-year-old journalist angered Caitlyn by making personal remarks about her body – even brandishing a doll depicting her while she was still known to the world as Bruce Jenner.
Needless to say, the 68-year-old was not happy with how her position as a transgender woman was being discussed, and gave Piers a piece of her mind.
Kicking off the show, Piers asked the former Olympic athlete:
You were an all-American, 6ft 2in muscle-bound guy. When you look at that guy what do you think?
Good for him. There is a lot more to this story than just that.
It was a fair answer to a fair question, and for a moment it seemed the audience were about to witness a cordial conversation between the unlikely pair. But of course, hell was not about to freeze over.
There was then a very uncomfortable moment when Piers pestered Caitlyn about her gender reassignment surgery, with all the grace and subtlety of an elephant attending a tea party:
How does your physique compare now to what it did then? Obviously, certain areas we know about.
Oh dear Piers. ‘Certain areas’, really?
The atmosphere in the studio suddenly turned a little more frosty, as Caitlyn retorted:
You made a comment there and that’s why you would get in trouble, OK? You said ‘certain areas’ – that, to a trans-person, is disrespectful.
You can watch the awkwardly inappropriate exchange for yourself below:
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Matters didn’t exactly improve when Piers stubbornly defended his right to make the comment, all the while holding a small doll of Caitlyn as an athlete before her transition took place.
Piers asked, ‘can’t life be funny?’
At this, Caitlyn fired back:
It’s not funny. It’s life. It’s a very serious part of my life.
I take that very seriously and so out of respect to myself and the community, it’s not something that you joke about. This is serious stuff.
People die over these issues. It’s not a joke.
Oh when is it on? Look what I’m reading too ? pic.twitter.com/pclW7hhzIC
— Karen (@K_33BRO) January 2, 2018
As he has done with other interviewees, Piers had the relative humility to back down and admit to having learnt something: ‘Its genuinely educational. It is. It is a complex issue’.
Luckily the pair got on much more amicably as the show went on, with Caitlyn opening up about her feud with ex wife Kris and her stepdaughters Kim, Courtney and Khloe.
Here she admitted how they just ‘don’t communicate like we used to’, adding ‘it hurts but it’s not the end of the world’.
According to the Evening Standard, Caitlyn confessed:
The only ones I’m really concerned about are Kendall and Kylie, yeah they are biological kids. Although the Kardashians, I spent 23 years of my life carpooling those kids around, raising them, taking care of them.
Airing on Thursday, my first ever Life Stories show with a transgender celebrity, @Caitlyn_Jenner.
And what a life story it is!
From male Olympic champion to Kardashian dad, to trans woman.
An unmissable & fiery (!) watch…
*THURSDAY, ITV, 9PM * pic.twitter.com/Twz5Dbcus7
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 1, 2018
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories: Caitlyn Jenner will air on Thursday 4 January at 9pm on ITV.
Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.