While doing press for her acclaimed biopic I, Toyna, Tonya Harding has touted herself as a victim of abuse in a situation much more nuanced than the media portrayed it back in 1994.
But even under this new sympathetic lens, not everyone considers the disgraced figure skater to be the victim in her story — particularly Piers Morgan, who was butting heads with Harding in an interview so tense, she nearly ended it early!
The former Olympian appeared on Good Morning Britain via satellite on Tuesday and was riled up by the controversial journalist about the infamous 1994 attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan.
Morgan ruthlessly probed Harding about whether she knew that her ex-husband hired a hitman to club Kerrigan in the knee — and the ice skater, coming off a string of glossy movie chats, wasn’t having the hard interview.
Harding dodged the 52-year-old’s inquiries and insisted she was only there to promote I, Tonya‘s positive message, maintaining:
“I respect you for trying to ask these questions. I’m here to talk about the future and what it means. My movie is going to help so many people, [and let them know] that it is OK to ask for help. So, that’s why I’m here.”
But Morgan wasn’t satisfied with that — interrupting the 47-year-old, he sharply responded:
“Maybe it suits you to play the victim, [but] the victim was Nancy Kerrigan.”
Straight to the kneecaps!
Only seeing more pain coming her way, Harding then tried to shut down the interview, continuing:
“Thank you so much but I think I’m going to have to say have a good night.”
After Morgan asked if she was leaving, Harding tried to reiterate her stance that the film depicts the “many people” who are “victims every day” — to which Morgan replied:
“Nancy Kerrigan was the victim, she was abused she was attacked.”
The back-and-forth between them grew more heated, until finally Morgan barked:
“You didn’t have any knowledge at all, it was a pure coincidence?”
Harding again insisted she “did not” and then ended the interview. Morgan later shared that he didn’t buy the former athlete’s defense, tweeting:
Get your head out of the ├óΓé¼╦£90s, Piers! There can be more than one victim in a complex situation like this…
Even if she wasn’t a victim back in 1994, Toyna at least gets to say she was victimized by the cranky morning show host. Watch (below):
[Image via ITV.]