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Piers Morgan Mocks Meryl Streep, Argues With Hollywood Over ‘Real Time’ Brouhaha

Deadline logo Deadline 2/12/2017 Greg Evans
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Piers Morgan is either still smarting or still giddy from his run-in with Jim Jefferies on Friday’s Real Time With Bill Maher, now adding Meryl Streep to his ever-growing roster of combatants in the feud’s wake.

“Meryl Streep abusing President Trump again?,” Morgan tweeted today, apparently a response to the actress’ speech at last night’s Human Rights Gala in New York. “She, JK Rowling & all the other smug ‘we know best!’ luvvie shriekers will get him re-elected.”

The snipe at Harry Potter author Rowling came after a nasty, two-day back-and-forth between two – with side trips to insult Chelsea Clinton, George Takai, Don Cheadle, Billy Baldwin and others.

Quick background: Morgan and Australian comic Jefferies went at it on HBO’s Real Time after Morgan repeatedly chastised Maher for overreacting to Trump. “Oh, f--- off,” Jefferies exploded. “This is what you do, Piers. You say ‘He hasn’t done this, he hasn’t done that, he’s not going to do all these things’. Give him a f---ing chance mate – Hitler didn’t kill the Jews on the first day, he worked up to it.”

Enter Rowling, who took to Twitter with a stream of anti-Piers messages. Here are some highlights:

George Takei jumped in:

And Don Cheadle:

And these, among others:

But love him or really, really hate him, you can’t deny Morgan can return a slap. You can almost hear the sound of hand on cheek:

In this Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 photo provided by HBO, guests on a panel, John Waters, from left, filmmaker and author, Karine Jean-Pierre, senior advisor and national spokesman for MoveOn.org, and Piers Morgan, U.S. editor-at-large DailyMail.com, speak with host Bill Maher on the show, ”Real Time with Bill Maher,” in Los Angeles. Morgan and British author J.K. Rowling are in a Twitter war over American politics. He called her work “drivel” and she called him “amoral” after Morgan defended the U.S. government’s travel ban during an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” Friday. (Janet Van Ham/HBO via AP) © The Associated Press In this Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 photo provided by HBO, guests on a panel, John Waters, from left, filmmaker and author, Karine Jean-Pierre, senior advisor and national spokesman for MoveOn.org, and Piers Morgan, U.S. editor-at-large DailyMail.com, speak with host Bill Maher on the show, ”Real Time with Bill Maher,” in Los Angeles. Morgan and British author J.K. Rowling are in a Twitter war over American politics. He called her work “drivel” and she called him “amoral” after Morgan defended the U.S. government’s travel ban during an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” Friday. (Janet Van Ham/HBO via AP)
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