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Piers Morgan still an asshole

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that bring the most joy—the smell of a freshly blooming wild flower on a spring day; a cup of coffee in the early morning hours; notorious blowhard Piers Morgan trying to make fun of someone on TV and inadvertently embarrassing himself instead.


This last pleasure is not uncommon and, shocking nobody who’s caught highlights of the British presenter’s career, has just happened again. On a recent episode of Good Morning Britain, Morgan was faced with cast members of reality show Love Island. Presumably so appalled by the idea of having to lower his usually high interview standards to their level, Morgan decided to mock one of the guests.

Choosing Hayley Hughes (who, to be fair, apparently doesn’t know what Brexit is, or the difference between a county and a country) as his target, Morgan decided to do a bit of old-fashioned on-air bullying by following her saying she “wasn’t the brightest tool in the box in geography” with the question, “Were you the brightest tool in the box in anything?”

He decides, after some more back and forth (that includes calling his guests “the dimmest people in Britain”) to ask Hughes if she “[knows] Pythagoras’ theorem to the nearest five decimal places.” His muddled plan for an easy dunk soon backfires when co-host Susanna Reid, with unconcealed disgust for her colleague, asks Morgan if he can answer his own question.

“I do actually, yeah,” Morgan says. “3.147 ...”

An off-camera voice informs him that he is, of course, thinking of pi.

“You just showed yourself up, Piers Morgan, on national television,” Reid says.

It’s a delightful clip, and one more to catalogue in a constantly growing collection of hubristic self-owns. Morgan has enjoyed a long history of embarrassing himself—so much so that he’s become something of an artiste in the craft of walking into easily avoidable humiliation. While many would attempt to learn something from their mistakes, rest assured that this will not be the case here.

[via Digital Spy]

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Contributor, The A.V. Club. Reid's a writer and editor who has appeared at GQ, Playboy, and Paste. He also co-created and writes for videogame sites Bullet Points Monthly and Digital Love Child.