Outspoken British media personality Piers Morgan has faced backlash online for sharing an insensitive article about the time he met the late Robbie Coltrane, sharing the piece on the same day the actor died.
Instead of paying a respectful tribute, or better yet, staying silent, Morgan chose to discuss how much the comedian apparently hated him.
I could pay fulsome tribute to Robbie Coltrane, who was a superb actor, but he would hate it because he hated me. Instead, here is my full diary entry for our one comically unpleasant encounter, which I’m sure is how he’d prefer me to remember him. RIP. https://t.co/Yw46WOgMuq
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 15, 2022
The article, which Morgan referred to as his “diary entry”, consisted of derogatory descriptive language in which the journalist poked fun at Coltrane’s large appearance, even going as far as describing his face as a “gnarled warthog”.
Grieving fans of the late Coltrane flooded the controversial host’s Twitter page to slam him for his distasteful tweet.
Peirs Morgan, the one man who could turn a post he’d written about someone else’s passing, and make it about himself, instead.
— Matt D (@Matt_RuggD) October 15, 2022
Well if Robbie didn’t hate you already, I’m sure he would’ve done after that article.
— James Donnelly (@Jayke1981) October 15, 2022
Awful. Disrespectful. Arrogant. You let yourself down there.
— Jane Jackson ???????? (@JaneyJack) October 15, 2022
Piers I very much doubt he gave you a second thought in the 14 years since that encounter. But well done for making the passing of a national treasure all about you. Narcissism remains your only constant in all you do.
— RobinSpira (@RobinSpira) October 15, 2022
The man has just passed away @piersmorgan was this really necessary to even raise this encounter. Have some respect for a great actor.
— Steve Bennett (@SteveBennett65) October 15, 2022
Coltrane’s long-standing agent, Belinda Wright, announced the star had passed on Friday, October 14 Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Scotland.
“For me personally I shall remember him as an abidingly loyal client. As well as being a wonderful actor, he was forensically intelligent, brilliantly witty and after 40 years of being proud to be called his agent, I shall miss him,” Wright said.
“He is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice and their mother Rhona Gemmell. They would like to thank the medical staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert for their care and diplomacy.
“Please respect Robbie’s family’s privacy at this distressing time.”