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Former CNN host Piers Morgan has come under fire over his social media tribute to Larry King, whose death was announced Saturday.
Morgan replaced King on CNN’s “Larry King Live” in January 2011 to host the renamed “Piers Morgan Tonight,” a move that caused tension between the two. The “Good Morning Britain” co-anchor chose to address said tension in his acknowledgment of King’s death while taking a jab at King’s former marriages.
“Larry King was a hero of mine until we fell out after I replaced him at CNN & he said my show was ‘like watching your mother-in-law go over a cliff in your new Bentley.’ (He married 8 times so a mother-in-law expert) But he was a brilliant broadcaster & masterful TV interviewer,” the tweet reads.
The post didn’t sit well with some of King’s fans, who immediately called out Morgan for the insensitive message.
“The fact that you had to wait till Larry king passed to post this drivel speaks volumes of your character,” one tweeter wrote while another added, “So unnecessary, the mans dead. What are you achieving by insulting him, other than possibly upsetting his family?”
Several others accused the 55-year-old of attempting to make King’s death all about him.
“Piers Morgan is the ultimate (and quite frankly most annoying) narcissist. It’s insufferable. Nothing can happen without it somehow relating to him and his pathetic life. A man just died. F–king hell,” wrote another frustrated Twitter user.
There were a few Morgan supporters, however, who came to the Brit’s defense, believing he should be commended for his honesty.
“This is honest,” one fan wrote, “and you still found a way to keep it respectful. I appreciate it. Hate phony stuff.”
“Me too,” Morgan responded. “Larry hated me replacing him at CNN and never made any secret of it, which I found very sad because he was one of my heroes – but I still think he was a superb broadcaster & one of the all-time TV greats.”
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