Leave it to Piers Morgan to almost drive Tonya Harding out of an interview. The former Olympic ice skater appeared on Good Morning Brotain on Tuesday, Jan. 9 to discuss with the host about I, Tonya — the biopic based off her life — and the 1994 attack on skating rival Nancy Kerrigan.
Tonya has been thrust back into the media spotlight due to the critical acclaim for the film starring Margot Robbie. But, the British host was more interested in discussing her involvement in the attack against the skater. “I respect you for trying to ask these questions, however, I am really here just to talk about the future and what it means,” she told him. “My movie now, to me, is going to help so many people to realize that it is okay to ask for help. It took me so long to be able to ask for somebody to help me. So that’s why I’m here speaking to you today.”
Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding.
But, that didn’t satisfy Piers. Instead, he continued to press her to answer the question. “Maybe it suits you to play the victim,” he told Tonya. “But I think the victim in all this wasn’t you. It was Nancy Kerrigan who had her Olympic dream shattered.” She replied, “Thank you so much. I appreciate being on your show, but I think I’m going to have to say, ‘Have a good night.’”
Then things really got headed once Piers could tell that Tonya was annoyed with his line of questioning. “You’re going to end the interview because I think that Nancy Kerrigan was the victim here and not you?” he asked. “You weren’t letting me finish,” she explained. “I think that many people are the victims of abuse every single day and can’t stand up for themselves. People need to be able to understand that we need to stand united and that abuse should not be happening anymore.”
Of course, viewers at home had a lot of opinions about whether Piers’ questions were fair or not. Keep scrolling to see the best internet reactions!
Say what you like about Piers Morgan but that interview with Tonya Harding is exactly why he’s needed… doesn’t let anybody off the hook 👏 #gmb
— Littleblonde1 (@ElzMo3008) January 9, 2018
Piers Morgan telling Tonya Harding, a woman who was abused throughout her entire life, that she needs to stop being a victim is RICH. It’d be nice if Piers Morgan stopped talking out of his ass
— rachel leishman (@RachelLeishman) January 9, 2018
Clearly, Tonya wasn’t expecting this line of questioning. But, we’re not sure if Piers was unfair to press the former athlete considering her history.