In a conversation on Good Morning Britain about John Legend and Kelly Clarkson’s new re-record of Dean Martin’s Baby, It’s Cold Outside, Piers Morgan decided to direct his anger at Chrissy Teigen for getting “hold” of Legend and “plotting how to ruin” the song.
Piers Morgan has enough anger to last a lifetime. Whether he’s mocking Daniel Craig for carrying his child in a baby carrier or belittling Sam Smith for coming out as non-binary, it seems the TV presenter is never without a target for his outrage.
So of course, after a period of time away from Good Morning Britain, Morgan was always going to come back with a bone to pick.
It all started because John Legend and Kelly Clarkson have recently updated the Christmas classic Baby, It’s Cold Outside for the #MeToo era. This means that instead of the controversial line, “say, what’s in this drink?”, the call-and-response song now opts for the more 2019-friendly, “What will my friends think? (I think they should rejoice) If I have one more drink? (It’s your body, and your choice).”
Morgan, naturally, was not a fan of the project, and rather than calmly explaining his reasons for this, he instead decided to lash out. Instead of opting to ‘blame’ Legend’s songwriting, though, Morgan decided to single out Chrissy Teigen, insisting she has been a ‘bad influence’ on her husband. Because that definitely makes sense.
“John Legend [and Kelly Clarkson have] rerecorded the controversial lyrics because they think it’s not appropriate,” Susanna Reid said as she introduced the topic.
“What is wrong with these people?” Morgan responded. “John Legend, you virtue signalling horror story. And that dreadful wife of his, what’s her name? Chrissy Teigen? They’ve sat there plotting how to ruin a great Dean Martin classic just in time for Christmas.”
“How do you know Chrissy Teigen had anything to do with it?” Reid rightly pointed out, because, as you may recall, this is her husband’s work – not hers.
“You don’t think she wrote these lyrics?” Morgan responded.
“Just because you’ve got your own beef with Chrissy Teigen,” Reid continued. “Let’s leave Chrissy Teigen out of it.”
“No, let’s leave her in it,” Morgan continued.
As mentioned above, Baby, It’s Cold Outside has been called out over the last couple of years for its problematic lyrics, mainly because the story features a man refusing to let a woman go home – even going to the extreme of supposedly slipping “something” into her glass. Legend and Clarkson’s rerecord simply aims to give the song a modern clean-up by tweaking the lyrics accordingly, but apparently that was too much for Morgan.
“She’s awful, absolutely awful – she’s behind this,” Morgan continued in his rant about Teigen. “She’s Miss Wokeville on Twitter. She’s got a hold of poor old Legend, who used to be great, and now he’s re-writing one of the classics of Christmas.
“Why? Why? Who wanted this re-written? What a load of nonsense.”
Besides the fact that, as we’ve repeatedly pointed out, Teigen had literally nothing to do with the song (except from the fact that she’s married to one half of the duo, which, in general, is not grounds for a writing credit) Morgan had absolutely no reason to portray Teigen as a kind of evil force who “got a hold” of her husband and forced him to do her “woke” bidding. Especially as Legend has previously said that Teigen has never once poured words into his mouth: instead, all she has ever done is inspire him to be bolder and braver with his opinions.
“I’m just calmer [than her] in general,” the musician said. “I’m more reserved and less demonstrative with my emotions. But she has brought out a boldness in me to not always say the safest thing… the way we represent ourselves is honest.”
This isn’t the first time Morgan has decided to publicly criticise Teigen. In 2016, the pair had a brief Twitter back-and-forth, after Piers Morgan decided to share his opinion on Muhammad Ali, claiming that he “said far more inflammatory/racist things about white people than Donald Trump ever has about Muslims.”
“I hope people don’t make me sound too perfect when I die,” he added. “No coats of sugar please.”
Legend was the first to respond, by challenging Morgan to “test us” by announcing his retirement, with Teigen adding: “From what? Trolling isn’t a job (I’ve tried).”
Clearly upset by what Teigen had thrown at him, Morgan responded by insisting that modelling is not a “proper job”.
However, in true Teigen form, she had the last laugh, writing: “It keeps me nice and not-racist so sure, give it a go.”
We haven’t yet heard anything from Teigen and Legend this time around, but when they do choose to comment, we’re sure it’ll be good.