Piers Morgan’s interview with former ice skater Tonya Harding was cut short after being subjected to intense scrutiny.
Good Morning Britain hosts Piers and Susanna Reid began a live interview from America with Tonya – the skater who gained media attention after sporting rival, Nancy Kerrigan, was famously attacked – to discuss her new movie, I, Tonya.
The former Olympic ice skater, 47, talked about this week’s Golden Globes where Allison Janney won Best Supporting Actress for her role in the biographical film coming out about the athlete’s life.
But it wasn’t long before Piers began asking about the well publicised assault, arranged by her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, which appeared to rattle Tonya somewhat.
‘I respect you for trying to ask these questions, but I’m here for the future and what it means to me,’ she told the presenting duo.
‘My movie is going to reach so many people to get them to ask for help, to the people who were also abused,’ she claimed, which invited Piers to go in hard with some tough comebacks.
‘Maybe it suits you to play the victim, but I think the victim in all this wasn’t you, it was Nancy Kerrigan, who had her Olympic dream shattered quite literally in her legs,’ he blasted.
Clearly uncomfortable by the line of questioning, Tonya decided to end the interview, much to the pair’s bemusement. ‘Thank you so much, I appreciate being on your show but I think I’m going to have to say have a good night,’ she finished.
Piers being Piers, tried to get the final word in and reiterated his confusion, asking if she was terminating the interview because she wouldn’t accept who the real victim was.
‘You weren’t letting me finish,’ she snapped. ‘I think many people are victims every day, people need to stand up for themselves, that abuse shouldn’t be happening anymore.’
And with that, the chat ended.
Gillooly and former bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt were the ones found guilty of hiring Shane Stant to break the right leg of her skating rival. Tonya wasn’t prosecuted for any direct involvement in the crime but was, however, later found guilty of conspiring to hinder prosecution of Kerrigan’s attackers.
She was subsequently given probation and ordered to resign from the United States Figure Skating Association and, after an internal investigation, was stripped her of her championship medals and banned from the sport for life.
I, Tonya, which stars Margot Robbie as the title lead and Stan Sebastian as her ex Jeff, hits UK cinemas on 23 February.