Ewan McGregor has refused to appear on Good Morning Britain, citing presenter Piers Morgan’s disparaging comments in relation to the women's marches following Donald Trump's inauguration as the reason for cancelling.
The Scottish actor was due to appear as a guest on Today’s (24 January) edition to promote the Trainspotting sequel which opens in cinemas this week.
However on the programme, which aired at 8am this morning, Morgan announced: “Ewan McGregor was meant to be the main guest on today’s show, but he has decided not to turn up.”
McGregor subsequently confirmed his reason for cancelling his appearance on the ITV show in a in a tweet:
— Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) January 24, 2017
Morgan then sent an antagonistic response saying:
Sorry to hear that @mcgregor_ewan - you should be big enough to allow people different political opinions. You're just an actor after all. — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 24, 2017
McGregor’s strife with Morgan pertains to a Daily Mail article in which the television host voiced his disdain for the protests that took place around the world. In it he said: “I'm planning a men's march to protest at the creeping global emasculation of my gender by rabid feminists. Who's with me?"
He went on to claim that the marches were entirely politically motivated and targeted celebrities such as Madonna for taking part. He argued that Madonna had "wrecked the Women’s March because she lifted the lid on the more repellent side of feminism: the vile, crude, man-hating, violent, nasty side".
Co-presenter on Good Morning Britain, Susanna Reid, voiced her disapproval over his comments live on air when she said: "There were actually a lot of people who didn’t like your comments, including the woman sat next to you."
Morgan replied: "Well come on here and debate with me about it. We just had a very good debate with a guest about the marches, don’t just not show up."
Morgan has become renowned for his controversial opinions and last year garnered widespread criticism for his endorsement of Trump.