Kevin Clifton wades into Piers Morgan and Naomi Osaka row with GMB throwback ‘Big words’
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Kevin Clifton, 38, took aim at Piers Morgan, 56, after the former Good Morning Britain presenter hit out at tennis star Naomi Osaka in his latest column. It comes after the 23-year-old champion pulled out of the French Open, following her decision to not fulfil her media obligations.
The world’s number two took to social media to announce she would not be doing any press at Roland Garros, because of the toll on players’ mental health.
The Tennis Grand Slam tournament leaders announced on Sunday that Osaka would be fined $15,000 for refusing to attend mandatory post-match press conferences.
Just a day later, Osaka announced she would withdraw from the tennis competition.
Piers has since slammed the athlete in his latest column where he branded the player a “brat”.
In view of his 358,000 Instagram followers, Kevin took to his stories to share a snap of Piers’ column, which read: “Narcisstic Naomi’s cynical exploitation of mental health to silence the media is right from the Meghan and Harry playbook of wanting their press cake and eating it.”
It was accompanied with a photo of Piers storming off the set on Good Morning Britain following a discussion with his colleague Alex Beresford about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.
Alongside the post, Kevin added a tweet from a social media user that read: “Big words from someone who flounced off set because the weatherman gave them a talking too.”
The former Strictly dancer added a laughing emoji in response to the tweet.
It comes after Piers sparked backlash online following his comments about Osaka.
She withdrew from the tournament yesterday, revealing that she’d battled with depression since the US Open in 2018 and has had “a really hard time coping with that” as well as social anxiety.
“So here in Paris I was already feeling vulnerable and anxious so I thought it was better to exercise self-care and skip the press conferences,” Osaka said in a statement on social media.
Writing in his latest column for the MailOnline, he said: “What Osaka really means is that she doesn’t want to face the media if she hasn’t played well, because the beastly journalists might actually dare to criticise her performance, and she’s not going to ‘subject’ herself to ‘people that doubt me.'”
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Piers’ column comes months after the presenter walked off GMB, after Alex called out his “diabolical” criticism of the Duchess of Sussex.
The pair had been discussing Harry and Meghan, where they touched on mental health.
Piers later made the decision to step down from his presenting role, refusing to apologise for his comments made towards Meghan.
Following his column regarding Osaka, the former GMB host has defended himself against his critics.
Responding on Twitter, Piers wrote: “Are high-profile women of colour exempt from criticism regardless of their conduct? Sorry, I must have missed that woke memo!
“The people I’ve criticised most harshly in the past year are Donald Trump & Boris Johnson and last time I checked, they were identifying as white men.”
He added: “What journalist will dare criticise Naomi Osaka ever again? She’s got what she wanted – no more criticism, only praise.
“Meanwhile all her fellow tennis professionals will continue to fulfil their contractual obligations to the media & get criticism when deserved. This seem fair?”
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