Ewan McGregor has refused to appear as booked on breakfast news show Good Morning Britain after realising it was co-hosted by Piers Morgan.
The actor, who is currently promoting the long-awaited Trainspotting sequel, T2, had been due to appear on on Tuesday morning, 24 January, but dropped out at the last minute in protest at Morgan’s comments about the women’s marches which took place around the world on Saturday.
— Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) January 24, 2017
Morgan hit back by accusing McGregor of narrow-mindedness and ideas above his station.
Sorry to hear that @mcgregor_ewan – you should be big enough to allow people different political opinions. You're just an actor after all.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 24, 2017
On the show, Morgan added: “Sorry that Ewan McGregor’s not here. He couldn’t bear the thought of being on the sofa with me because he doesn’t agree with me about the women’s march.
“I have to agree with what an actor thinks about a particular issue because they’re actors. And as we know actors’ views are more important than anybody else’s.”
In an article in the Daily Mail on Monday, Morgan – who has proudly trumpeted his friendship with the new US president – took aim at what he saw as “the more repellent side of feminism: the vile, crude, man-hating, violent, nasty side”.
The likes of Madonna and Ashley Judd who spearheaded protests, said Morgan, “whipped [the crowd] into a man-hating frenzy”. “Ladies, I love you,” he concluded. “But if you let the nasty women win, you lose.”
Over the weekend, McGregor tweeted his support for the protesters, saying he was “so proud to see this extraordinary power”.
I'm with you in spirit today women of the world. My daughters are marching. I'm so proud to see this extraordinary power.
— Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) January 21, 2017
T2 Trainspotting, a followup to Danny Boyle’s classic 21 years on, has received broadly positive reviews and opens around the country on Friday.