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Look out, Madonna! Piers Morgan is at it again. For a few years now, the talk show host's been publicly disparaging the Material Girl, even banning her from his show, Piers Morgan Tonight (weeknights at 9 p.m. ET on CNN).
"That Super Bowl performance!" he said on E!'s Chelsea Lately. "It was like watching your mad drunken aunt at Christmas! She was gruesome. I don't like the woman, and she doesn't like me."
For her part, Madonna hasn't offered much of a response to comments such as these (which have been plentiful), except for this cutting remark from her publicist in 2010: "Madonna doesn't know who Piers Morgan is."
But Madonna inadvertently reached out to Morgan on Monday, when she sent out a mass tweet announcing a Twitter Q&A with fans to promote her new album, MDNA. Morgan jumped on the message, baiting her with the tweet: "Welcome to Twitter @MadonnaMDNAday - you're still banned from my show. Love Piers x."
If only the Madonna camp had left the bait alone! But Morgan's antagonism must have finally gotten the best of Madge's manager, Guy Oseary. He immediately tweeted, "Really?" and attached a copy of an invitation from Morgan's UK show, asking Madonna to perform. It reads, in part: "Piers Morgan is delighted to invite Madonna to be a special guest for his L.A. recording of his U.K. chat show - where she would be welcome to promote her new film and forthcoming album release (and perform two numbers)."
Someone else might find this embarrassing, but Morgan was obviously thrilled to re-ignite the feud he'd started years ago. He tweeted in reply: "Madonna's only been banned from my #CNN show @guyoseary - not my UK show, which sent that invite. But I'm now banning her from that too."
On the surface, Morgan's hatred for Madonna is a bit perplexing. She obviously cares little about what he thinks of her. So why does he continue to stoke the fire?
The answer probably lies in Morgan's history as a British tabloid editor, helming the News of the World and the Daily Mirror. Madonna is the sort of celeb who keeps these rags afloat, as they report on her every move. And apparently, she didn't make life easy for them. In CNN's "Your Question Time" web series, Morgan once answered a viewer question about the bad blood between himself and Madonna.
He describes his history with her publicist, who once told him "'listen to me, read my lips, Madonna is not pregnant,' and the next day she announced her pregnancy to a rival newspaper."
In 2011, Piers also gave Access Hollywood an explanation about the feud, albeit a vague one. "There was a bread roll throwing incident in London in the mid '90s; there was an incident at a hotel in the south of France at the Cannes Film Festival involving a photographer and a bodyguard," Morgan explained. "And there's been an incident involving a pub owned by her recently departed husband, Guy Ritchie, where my brother was the manager."
So, Madonna's publicist passed on Piers for a scoop and there was a "bread roll throwing incident." Sounds like somebody is nursing a grudge. But is it worth it?
We're thinking, no! All of this mudslinging isn't doing anything for him. It's certainly not propelling his career and it just makes him look petty, whiny and bitter. It's time to move on, Piers!