Piers Morgan has opened up about his "cowardly" exit on Good Morning Britain after receiving backlash for his comments over Simone Biles' Olympics withdrawal on Tuesday.
Now, we all know Morgan is a man who is not afraid to express his opinions, despite the controversy... especially when it comes to publically slamming famous names such as Meghan Markle and Naomi Osaka - both of whom were repeatedly attacked by the journalist after they opened up about their struggles with mental health.
"Are mental health issues now the go-to excuse for any poor performance in elite sport? What a joke," Morgan tweeted following Biles' announcement earlier this week. "Just admit you did it badly, made mistakes, and will strive to do better next time. Kids need strong role models, not this nonsense."
Are 'mental health issues' now the go-to excuse for any poor performance in elite sport? What a joke.
Just admit you did badly, made mistakes, and will strive to do better next time.
Kids need strong role models not this nonsense.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 27, 2021
And on Wednesday, Morgan published an article for Daily Mail titled: "Sorry Simone Biles, but there's nothing heroic or brave about quitting because you're not having 'fun' – you let down your teammates, your fans, and your country."
Of course, people really didn't take to his distasteful comments...
"Here we go again," one person wrote, while another gave him some not-so-friendly advice: "Bruh, u need to chill man. Seems like you're just here to rattle everybody."
Even though one person labeled his tweet as "spot on," others decided to remind him of the time he stormed off set on Good Morning Britain after being challenged over his "obsession" with Meghan Markle.
*NEW: Simon Biles calls herself the Greatest of All Time - but no GOAT would quit on their teammates like that, costing them an Olympic gold medal.
Get back out there, Simone - you're a great champion not a quitter.
My column: https://t.co/gxNC7kOMN2 pic.twitter.com/bLs9vH2SW7
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 28, 2021
Not too long ago, Morgan left his role as co-host of Good Morning Britain after a row over comments he made regarding Markle... And we guess people are now wondering how he can speak on behalf of role models, after being unable to take criticism himself.
Morgan also said: "Athletes are now deemed more courageous, inspiring & heroic if they lose or quit than if they win or tough it out, which is ridiculous," he continued. "I blame Twitter's virtue-signallers for fuelling the culture of celebrating weakness. The real world doesn't think like that."
But someone jumped in and remarked: "'Tough it out' says the man who ran off set and quit his job because someone had a point of view he didn't like!" Ouch.
But in his piece for the Daily Mail, Morgan actually admitted he was wrong to walk out of the show.
"Oddly, they didn't think me quitting was as brave, heroic, and inspiring as Ms. Biles quitting," he wrote. "But here's the thing: they were right, and I was wrong. It was gutless and cowardly of me to walk off."
"If you're going to dish it out, then you've got to take the heat when it flies back at you, which is why I went back and finished the discussion with my co-worker," Morgan said.
The journalist then shared a photo of himself with biles on Instagram after publishing his piece, and it appears as though he is trying to reframe his words...
"You're a great champion @simonebiles (as I had reaffirmed when we met 2yrs ago) and great champions don't quit - they get back on their feet when they get knocked down," he captioned the image. "So, re-engage in these Olympic Games, win Gold, & inspire with the power of resilience, not resignation. Go for it."
We think Biles should do exactly whatever she feels she needs to do and not listen to the hundreds of harsh critics who are out there trying to tear apart her every move.