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Tucker Carlson defends Piers Morgan over ‘freedom of speech’

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American TV host Tucker Carlson has jumped to Piers Morgan’s defence, saying that the broadcaster’s current absence from television ‘has implications for the freedom of speech around the world’.

On Monday, Piers, 56, took part in his first televised interview since dramatically quitting Good Morning Britain after a record number of people complained about his remarks regarding Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

During his interview with Tucker, 51, Piers reiterated his disbelief of the claims made by the Duchess of Sussex, including her saying that she previously suffered suicidal thoughts.

In a monologue delivered on Fox News, Tucker defended the ex-GMB host, stating that he ‘was forced off the air’.

‘When Piers Morgan was forced off the air last month, we were told it was because he had insulted the fake Duchess from Los Angeles,’ the conservative political commentator said.

‘But on some level, it was not really about her or even about him, it was about all of us and our right to say what we think is true in a supposedly free country. It was about free speech and the freedom of conscience.’

Piers Morgan and Tucker Carlson

Piers Morgan used Tucker Carlson interview to reiterate his views (Picture: Backgrid/Fox News)

Tucker added that the fact Piers is currently not on TV is of particular significance when it comes to discussions surrounding freedom of speech.

‘But he’s not on television right now and again that has implications for the freedom of speech around the world,’ he stated.

Piers continued to express disbelief over Meghan’s claims (Picture: Joe Pugliese/Harpo Productions via AP)

During his interview with Tucker, Piers claimed that he ‘wasn’t allowed to have an opinion’ on the claims Meghan made in her bombshell chat with Oprah.

‘I wasn’t allowed to have an opinion that I didn’t believe what she was saying, even though it was clear to me in real-time, as I was watching the interview that there were a number of things which just couldn’t be true,’ he said.

Piers stated that in his view, the duchess’ claims about her experiences within the royal family are ‘impossible to believe’, stating: ‘17 different claims by the pair of them have now been proven to be either completely untrue or massively exaggerated or unprovable.

‘I don’t understand why I should have to believe people who are not telling the truth.’

Piers also spoke out against GMB weatherman Alex Beresford, with whom he shared an intense row on-air over Meghan before his departure from the ITV programme.

Recalling the moment he stormed off set amid his disagreement with Alex, Piers said that his former colleague ‘came with a pretty premeditated attack on me on a pretty personal level and frankly I just wasn’t going to have it’.

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