The firing of Piers Morgan from ITV’s Good Morning Britain has triggered several debates online. Some are arguing that his comments were too offensive and opinionated, while others say that this is an infringement on his right to free speech. And former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly seems to be in the latter camp, as she recently defended Morgan.
Megyn Kelly defends Piers Morgan
While talking to the BBC, Megyn Kelly said that she openly sides with Piers Morgan after ITV fired him for his controversial remarks about Meghan Markle regarding her recent interview with Oprah Winfrey. There, Kelly believes Morgan shouldn’t have been fired:
Because I think he should be allowed to express his opinion and I think we need more people who are willing to push boundaries, not less on the air. And we’re just cracking down on free speech in a way that I find really alarming.
Megyn Kelly further specified that she doesn’t necessarily have to agree with everything Morgan says to defend his right to free speech. She continued:
I don’t have to agree with everything that Piers says. I just have to support his right to say how he actually feels. And if people get offended, that’s okay. Sometimes when you’re in the business of talking about difficult issues and stories for a living, some people will take offense. Although, the online campaign against Piers seemed very organized yesterday by his preexisting detractors. I don’t know how controversial it is to say that he just doesn’t believe Meghan Markle. Like why doesn’t he get to believe her?
She further says it’s foolish to expect Piers Morgan is impartial
The host then posed a question to Megyn Kelly, saying that Piers’s comments were quite opinionated and not impartial, to which Kelly replied that Piers Morgan is “somebody who is both opinion and journalism”. She highlighted how Morgan has also been against Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry in the past. Kelly continued:
Piers has never been shy about expressing his opinion and he often takes controversial positions and he has been beaten up on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for a long time. So, I think his brand is what they hired and he didn’t really deviate it from this week.
Taking offense should not curb the right to speech
Furthermore, the host also brought up the fact that there were nearly 40,000 complaints against Morgan. This was after his remarks on Meghan Markle. To that, Megyn Kelly responded that a faction of people from a massive audience should not be able to cancel anyone’s right to speak. She continued to say that ITV knew what they were doing by putting Morgan on the show. And he helped skyrocket their views as a result. Kelly continued:
I don’t think people being offended, you know some faction of a huge audience being offended, should cancel somebody’s right to speak out. Right, yes we need to be a little ginger around difficult issues. But, if that’s what you want, you don’t put Piers Morgan in the seat.
Despite the controversy, it is only a matter of time until Piers Morgan comes back on TV. What do you think? Is it solely Morgan’s fault or should ITV be held responsible as well? And should Morgan’s comments be a reason to have him off the show? Is a right to free speech undeniable even at the cost of offending people? Let us know in the comments below about what you think.