CNN anchor Piers Morgan, the British host of “Piers Morgan Tonight” on the cable news network, may become a man without a country, as petitions on both sides of the Atlantic are looking to keep the TV host out of both the U.S. and U.K.
A petition on the White House’s “We the People” website looking to deport Morgan out of the U.S. has surpassed 75,000 signatures, far above the 25,000 needed to require a response from the White House.
The petition to deport Morgan reads, “British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment. We demand that Mr. Morgan be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.”
“Merry Christmas! Even to those who want me deported,” Morgan tweeted on Christmas Day.
And now, there’s apparently a brand-new counter-petition asking U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May to prevent Morgan from ever moving back to Britain.
“We got rid of him once and why should we have to suffer again. The Americans wanted him so they should put up with him. We washed our hands of him a long time ago,” the petition reads.
Before Morgan’s coming to CNN, BBC News reported the journalist was fired from his editorial job at the Daily Mirror for publishing fraudulent photographs in May 2004.
He has also been implicated in a media phone-hacking scandal in Britain.
Morgan has been an inflammatory voice in America’s debate over gun-control legislation since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Conn., in which 27 people – including 20 young children – were killed, reportedly by Adam Lanza.
Outrage over Morgan’s pro-gun-control views began this month, when the host engaged in a heated debate with guest Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, on his “Piers Morgan Tonight” show.
“The argument I keep hearing is, ‘Well if everybody else was armed, it wouldn’t happen.’ It’s a load of total hogwash,” Morgan told Pratt. “How many more kids have to die, before you guys say, ‘We want less guns, not more?’”
But Morgan really raised eyebrows when, in the midst of a heated exchange, he turned on Pratt and said, “You’re an unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you?”
Moments later he continued, “You don’t give a d— about the gun murder rate in America, do you? You don’t actually care.”
Video of the exchange between Morgan and Pratt can be seen below:
The next day, Morgan ruffled feathers again by responding to a Twitter message accusing him of being “gleeful” that the Sandy Hook tragedy happened to help advance his gun-control cause with a tweet of his own reading, “Of course I am, you moron.”
Those signing the British petition to keep him from returning to England include Daniel Sharon of Stopsley, U.K., who says, “Piers Morgan is an ignorant and arrogant disgrace. The Americans wanted him so let them have him!”
Philip Espin of Louth, U.K., says, “We have enough media criminals here without bringing another one back.”
On Morgan’s Twitter page, there is some love for the anchor.
“I couldn’t agree more with you on the gun laws,” wrote Daniel Fallon.
And Nick Routley gave Morgan a friendly invitation in case he does get deported, saying, “We’d be happy to have you in Canada.”