Piers Morgan made his first on-camera appearance Monday since walking off the set of "Good Morning Britain" in early March.
The former CNN host and Daily Mail columnist was interviewed virtually by Tucker Carlson for his new streaming show "Tucker Carlson Today," which is behind a paywall on the Fox Nation streaming app.
Embracing American culture wars, Morgan decried how his freedom of speech was impinged upon after he criticized Meghan Markle for telling Oprah she experienced racism while in the British Royal Family.
"Now, is she deliberately lying? Is she completely delusional? I don't know, but frankly, I don't care," Morgan said of Markle at the outset of the interview, which lasted for more than an hour.
Morgan decried "the appalling smearing of the Queen," repeatedly blaming Markle for what he described as a direct implication that Queen Elizabeth is racist.
Markle never leveled that accusation at the Queen in her Oprah interview, though she would not name who exactly among the royal family told her husband Harry that their baby would not get security protection and that there were concerns over the baby's skin color.
Later in the interview, Morgan said he should not have walked off the set of "Good Morning Britain" after co-host Alex Beresford told Morgan that he was taking Markle's comments too personally because she ghosted him after they went out for a drink several years ago.
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"Now I walked off for a few minutes, then I realized, this is stupid. I shouldn't have walked off," Morgan said. "You know, you should always be able to have a debate. I was angry in the moment that he was trying to personalize this, make it some personal vendetta I have with Meghan Markle, which I don't."
Carlson repeatedly praised Morgan, telling his British counterpart that he "checked every box on the journalism checklist" before his storming off the set. Carlson described that day's "Good Morning Britain" show as "great television," and congratulated Morgan for bringing the show ahead of the BBC's morning program in ratings on that day.
"Well, I'll tell you, it's very interesting, because if you believe Twitter," Morgan said, "I got my comeuppance rightly and deservedly. You know, the woke mob, their court had met. I'd been convicted summarily. Meghan Markle had complained to my boss, complained to the government regulator, and I was gone for not apologizing for disbelieving her."
Much of the interview followed a similar framework exhibited when Carlson interviews other "canceled" guests.
Carlson — who retains his record for the most-watched cable news show in the history of US TV ratings — framed Morgan as the victim of a "scam" concocted by those in power to silence a dissenting opinion in an on "Western" traditions.
"So if most people in Britain — and I think you speak for America, too — see what's going on here, they see that it's a scam, they see that wokeness is really an effort by the people who are already in charge to gain more power and wealth for themselves — it so clearly is that — why is everyone putting up with it?" Carlson said.
"Why in the nation that gave the rest of the world the freedom of speech — which is Great Britain, that's where that right came from, they were the first to enshrine it — why is a small percentage of the population able to impose this un-English, un-Western idea on everybody else?" Carlson continued before Morgan could answer. "Like how is this working if no one is for it?"
Morgan said it is "terrifying" that "people feel so cowed by the fear of the woke mob that they can't express an honestly held opinion without being immediately branded a racist," before reiterating his grievances with Markle.
"The only reason we are having this conversation is because the Murdoch family, which controls Fox, is standing up in the face of the mob, and they haven't bowed," Carlson said. "I mean that's literally the only reason that I still have my job, and we're having this conversation."
Before ending the interview at the one-hour 16-minute mark, Carlson asked Morgan what he'll do next now that he is unemployed.
"Well, I've had some very interesting offers. My normal strategy when something like this happens is to take a few months off, to get a bit fit," Morgan said. "Breakfast TV is pretty punishing on the torso ... I'm gonna scheme and plot my next stage of global domination."