Piers Morgan admits latest feud with musician Van Morrison is killing him
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Piers Morgan, 56, has had feuds with many celebrities from all over the world, often stemmed by speaking his mind on controversial topics. Now, he’s opened up on his latest dispute with Northern Irish singer Van Morrison, but this one has had repercussions.
I’ve got a beef with Van Morrison and it’s killing me because I’m a huge fan
The former Good Morning Britain star admitted their quarrel is “killing him” because he’s a huge fan of the musician.
Writing in his latest column for the Mail Online, Piers revealed why the pair have fallen out.
“Now I’ve got a beef with Van Morrison and it’s killing me because I’m a huge fan of Ireland’s greatest singer-songwriter, notwithstanding his recent daft outburst when he said scientists have invented ‘crooked facts’ about Covid-19 to ‘enslave the population,'” he raged.
“Speaking to GQ magazine, he said, ‘I remember going to the GQ Awards one year, and I didn’t know what to make of it because Piers Morgan was glaring at me all night and then he wrote something [saying] that I was glaring at him.’
“‘He’s an advocate for freedom of speech, but he’s obviously not very accepting of mine. I certainly wasn’t scared of him, but I thought it was quite amusing.’”
But the outspoken presenter confessed he had “no idea” what he was talking about when he read that interview, until he did some research.
“I found this 2014 diary entry from the night, ‘Van Morrison, whose face doesn’t move from a permanent sullen scowl, made the best speech,'” he said, reading from his notes from that night.
“‘Very short, ending with, ‘I don’t often come out of my shell like this, and now I’m going straight back into it again.'”
A bewildered Piers noted that while he picked up on his “trademark curmudgeonly demeanour”, he never “menacingly stared him out”.
“And in fact, far from disliking his speech, I complimented him on it,” he exclaimed.
So with the facts blurred and Piers’ love for the man himself, he wondered how to rectify the unfortunate misunderstanding, thinking back to past feuds he has resolved.
“I buried the hatchet with Jeremy Clarkson over a gallon of alcohol in my local pub,” he recalled before referring to other battles for which a reconciliation is still pending.
“With Hugh Grant and Steve Coogan, I’d rather bury it over their supercilious skulls,” Piers quipped, revealing he enjoys bickering with the pair.
Back to his freshest squabble, added: “But Morrison’s now teetotal, so maybe we could do a virgin Irish coffee peace summit in his native Belfast or something.
“Call me, Van – I promise not to glare.”
Piers’ most notable feud – not including his back and fourth fights with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – was with the former Top Gear presenter, which even led to physical altercations.
The pair’s rift has made for good reading in the past, with them coming to blows on multiple occasions.
In 2003, Jeremy poured water all over Piers during Concorde’s final commercial flight after they were sat beside each other.
The year after a the Press Awards, Jeremy punched Piers several times in the face and ended up leaving him with a scar above his eye from a ring, while he broke his little finger landing the blow.
But following their reconciliation, the two controversial hosts were pictured in Saint Tropez together in 2017, with Piers posting a photo of them, joking: “Bumped into an old mate in St Tropez last night… and we didn’t even punch each other.”
More recently in December, Piers appeared on his former nemesis’ show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? where the two bantered about their past.
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