Bad form

Piers Morgan is feuding with out actress Jameela Jamil and it’s officially ugly

Piers Morgan is no stranger to bad taste, but publishing private messages from deceased TV presenter Caroline Flack as ammunition for a feud with out actress Jameela Jamil may be a new low.

Jamil has been open about her tumultuous few weeks, saying the backlash she received after coming out as queer and speaking about her health pushed her “to a point near death.” In a message shared via Twitter, she called out Morgan for turning people’s adversity into punchlines.

On Sunday Morgan countered by claiming Jamil was the real bully and that she harassed the late Love Island host Caroline Flack, who died by suicide just weeks ago.

Morgan shared screenshots of private messages he says were written by Flack in October, in which she wrote: “I’m struggling with Jameela.. The hate she aims at me.”

He added: “Jameela Jamil is having a lot to say about online harassment, so in the interests of balance, here is a message Caroline Flack sent me last October after the same Jameela Jamil led an online pile-on against her regarding a new TV show she was doing.”

The messages are presented entirely without context, of course.

Jamil has confirmed that she had contact with Flack online, but that it was to voice Jamil’s concern with Flack’s upcoming reality show about cosmetic surgery.

She said: “Piers using a dead woman who I was friends with, as a weapon to try to create further harassment for me as I’ve JUST explained publicly that last week I felt suicidal… is why he is this industry’s most problematic. My criticizing a *show* did not aim any hate at Caroline.”

“Out of respect for Caroline,” she said, “I will not allow this conversation to carry on in which she can’t respond or speak for herself.

“She would be disgusted her personal messages were shared and weaponized against a woman, by a bullying parasite she thought was her friend. I’m out.

“To sell your dead friend’s private messages for clicks is a low I’ve never imagined anyone capable of.”

Now Morgan is firing back at people who have criticized the move.

“I revealed that Caroline Flack told me in October she was ‘struggling’ with Jameela Jamil because of ‘the hate she aims at me,’ he wrote.

“Yet rather than condemn Ms Jamil’s online bullying, you seek to get me fired for disclosing the harmful effect it had. Shameful.”