- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Ewan McGregor abruptly canceled an appearance on “Good Morning Britain” after learning it would be co-hosted by Piers Morgan, who caused backlash this week for his comments disparaging the women’s marches that took place around the world.

The “Trainspotting” actor was scheduled to appear on the morning talk show Tuesday, but announced at the last minute on Twitter that he was protesting Mr. Morgan’s recent Daily Mail column criticizing the marches.

“Was going on Good Morning Britain, didn’t realise @piersmorgan was host,” Mr. McGregor wrote Tuesday morning. “Won’t go on with him after his comments about #WomensMarch”

Mr. Morgan snapped back, “Sorry to hear that @mcgregor_ewan - you should be big enough to allow people different political opinions. You’re just an actor after all.”

“Good Morning Britain” also tweeted that Mr. McGregor “stood up” the show.

“Maybe actors should just talk about their films and not get so worked up about politics, because it’s not really their game,” Mr. Morgan said on the show.

“I don’t force my opinions on other people. I offer mine and I argue. Come and debate it, don’t just don’t turn up,” he added.

Mr. Morgan, a former CNN host who now serves as U.S. editor-at-large for The Daily Mail, wrote in his column that Saturday’s marches were chock full of “extreme feminists,” or “feminazis,” whose biggest gripe was that Hillary Clinton lost to President Trump.

Mr. McGregor, on the other hand, tweeted that he was “so proud” of the protesters.

“I’m with you in spirit today women of the world. My daughters are marching. I’m so proud to see this extraordinary power,” the actor wrote Saturday.

Mr. Morgan used his column Tuesday to blast Mr. McGregor as a “narrow-minded” hypocrite for snubbing the show. He said the hosts of “Good Morning Britain” didn’t even learn about his cancellation until five minutes before he was set to appear.

“He refused point blank to do it unless I was removed and it was performed by my co-host Susanna Reid,” Mr. Morgan wrote. “So, enraged that he couldn’t do the interview on the terms he wanted, McGregor left.

“I checked Twitter in the next commercial break and discovered the ‘issue,’” he continued. “An actor who had contractually agreed to appear on a TV show to promote his new film pulls out at the last minute because he doesn’t like the political opinion of one of the presenters.”

Mr. Morgan called the actor a “narrow-minded, stupendously self-aggrandising, anti-democratic little twerp” for his views and a “pedophile-loving hypocrite” for his support of filmmaker Roman Polanski, who is still wanted in the U.S. on statutory rape charges.

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