Ewan McGregor canceled an appearance on 'Good Morning Britain' Tuesday after host Piers Morgan criticized the historic Women's Marches in the U.S.

By Nick Maslow
January 24, 2017 at 08:54 AM EST
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Ewan McGregor canceled an appearance on Good Morning Britain Tuesday after host Piers Morgan criticized the historic Women’s Marches in the U.S. and around the world.

“Was going on Good Morning Britain, didn’t realise @piersmorgan was host,” tweeted McGregor, the father of four daughters. “Won’t go on with him after his comments about #WomensMarch.”

Within minutes, Morgan fired back: “Sorry to hear that @mcgregor_ewan – you should be big enough to allow people different political opinions. You’re just an actor after all.”

Morgan also reacted to McGregor’s decision on air. “Maybe actors should just talk about their films, and not get so worked up about politics because it’s not really their game,” Morgan said on Good Morning Britain next to his co-host, Susanna Reid.

“A lot of people took issue with your comments about the Women’s March, including the woman who sits next to you every morning,” said Reid.

“Well then, come and debate it,” replied Morgan.

In a series of follow-up tweets and replies to other Twitter users, Morgan laid into McGregor (“He’s an actor, not the Dalai bloody Lama,” he wrote) and further criticized the marches (“I disagreed with a political march fuelled by celebrity hate & threats,” he wrote).

McGregor’s decision to pull out stemmed from an essay Morgan wrote for the Daily Mail, in which the former CNN personality criticized Madonna for saying she has “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House” during her speech at the march in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. (Madonna later clarified her comments, saying she does “not promote violence” and that she “spoke in metaphor.”)

“This March turned from a defense of Women’s Rights into a celebration of Women’s Wrongs — a procession of high-profile female celebrities just spewing bile,” Morgan wrote.

The TV host added fuel to the fire later Tuesday in a second article for the Daily Mail, telling Trump and Brexit voters that “pedophile-loving hypocrite Ewan McGregor holds you in utter contempt.”

In addition to attacking the actor’s “unprofessional” decision to back out of the interview, Morgan went on to target celebrities who speak about politics in public forums. He claimed Meryl Steep “typified” the type of celebrity who controls “everything they do through small armies of sycophantic managers, lawyers and publicists, and prefer to make political statements that remain unchallenged.”

After noting that “Ewan McGregor will be the toast of every woman who marched on Saturday, for standing up for women’s rights,” Morgan criticized McGregor and Streep for working with director Roman Polanski, “a self-confessed and convicted child abuser,” on their film The Ghostwriter.

Morgan continued: “Polanski pleaded guilty to the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl, then fled America to escape a lengthy prison sentence. ‘He’s a legendary filmmaker, one of the best,’ gushed McGregor in a 2010 interview about the pedophile, for whom Meryl Streep once gave a standing ovation at the Oscars. A new warrant was issued for Polanski’s arrest during the movie’s post-production stage. McGregor, who has four young daughters, was asked about it and said: ‘I felt sad for Roman because he’s an old man who I’m incredibly fond of. I like him as a man.'”