I've never been sure where the line falls between what Piers Morgan really believes, and what he's just saying for attention. But it's instructive to look at how he behaved towards Lady Gaga back in 2016...
... spitting bile on Twitter when she first opened up about her PTSD, then turning contrite after she agreed to an interview with him (the interview ended up not happening). radiotimes.com/tv/documentari…
The only way I can make sense of this pattern of behaviour is that Piers himself doesn't want to be a total outsider, railing at woke celeb culture from the other side of the bubble. The flipside of the aggression is a latent promise to play nice *if* you grant him access.
And, viewed through that lens, it's not surprising that he's most hostile towards those people - mostly women - who don't even acknowledge his hostility.

How many times have you heard Piers say 'Meghan Markle'? And then, how many times have you heard Meghan say 'Piers Morgan'?

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