Piers Morgan has compared himself to former South African President Nelson Mandela while speaking about being ‘censored’.
According to the Guardian, the TV host Morgan spoke about ‘free speech’ while promoting his new show and said he often feels restricted about what he can say without being reprimanded.
“I feel like Nelson Mandela when he came out of prison,” he said. “It’s like the long walk to free speech freedom.”
Morgan drew parallels between his exit from Good Morning Britain and the late South African leader, who was thrown in prison to end the country’s racist apartheid legislation.
But he believes his new new Rupert Murdoch owned TV show will give him the platform to 'stand up for democracy’.
“I want to uncancel those who have been cancelled," he said.
"I want to basically make a point that cancel culture is as dangerous to society, in its own way, in terms of its attack on free speech and freedom of expression as coronavirus has been.”
Last year, Morgan and ITV came to an agreement that he would leave GMB following after his controversial remarks about Meghan Markle.
The comments came shortly after the Duchess of Sussex disclosed in an interview with Oprah that the racism she endured in Buckingham Palace affected her mental health.
Morgan slammed her statements and claimed he didn’t believe ‘a word she said’.
"(I) wouldn't believe it if she read me a weather report. The fact that she's fired up this onslaught against our Royal Family I think is contemptible," he said.
His comments resulted in 58,000 complaints to the broadcasting station ITV, which subsequently led to Morgan’s departure.
The television presenter was also accused of breaching broadcasting standards over his insensitive statements about mental health; however media watchdog Ofcom found that he did not breach broadcasting code.
Today we’ve concluded our investigation into Piers Morgan’s comments on Good Morning Britain in the wake of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.— Ofcom (@Ofcom) September 1, 2021
Read our decision and the reasons for it here (pdf) ➡️ https://t.co/bzU8cZ4Saz pic.twitter.com/cc8x7ct7av
An Ofcom spokesperson said: “This was a finely balanced decision. Mr Morgan’s comments were potentially harmful and offensive to viewers, and we recognise the strong public reaction to them. But we also took full account of freedom of expression.”
According to Yahoo! news, Morgan recently said that the experience was ‘dramatic’ and made him realise that ‘free speech’ is currently under attack in the modern age.
“I thought the whole thing was a farce, and I’m delighted that actually as a result of the farce, we’ve ended up with a whole network which is now dedicated to preventing that kind of farce from recurring," he said.
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