‘It was uncomfortable!’ Piers Morgan panics as fake Emma Raducanu tweet goes viral
Jeremy Vine panellist slams Piers Morgan's comments on Raducanu
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Piers Morgan, 56, has responded to BuzzFeed’s political editor Mark Di Stefano today after the latter questioned the authenticity of a tweet that quoted Emma Raducanu “questioning” who the former Good Morning Britain host is. The Life Stories host insisted the teenage tennis sensation had said no such thing but admitted it was an “uncomfortable” few minutes while he searched the internet to discover the truth about the post’s authenticity.
A Twitter user had written: “When asked if Piers Morgan’s views had encouraged her, Emma (Raducanu) replied, ‘Sorry, I don’t know who she is.'”
Di Stefano retweeted the post and typed: “Anyone have a link as to whether this actually happened?”
Morgan responded: “No because it didn’t.”
The Buzzfeed political editor typed back: “I’m glad you checked.”
Morgan admitted it had been an “uncomfortable” few minutes while he verified the information.
In response, fans found the exchange hilarious as they shared laughing face emojis.
One commented: “Obviously she would know who Piers was. Everyone in The UK does regardless of whether or not they like him.”
A second replied: “Didn’t happen!”
Raducanu won the final of the US Open on Saturday becoming the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since 1977.
Earlier this year, however, Morgan led social media criticism of the 18-year-old after she retired from a knockout game at Wimbledon following breathing difficulties on the advice of medical professionals.
Wimbledon was Raducanu’s first grand slam tournament.
Following Raducanu’s US Open win, British journalist Leanne Prescott rehashed Morgan’s critical comments of the teenager: “A bad day for Piers Morgan means a huge win for mankind.
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“Maybe people should try a little more to encourage young talents instead of dragging them down.”
To which Morgan responded: “A bad day? I’ve been totally vindicated. She took my advice and won.”
He continued to associate himself with Raducanu’s win in a separate tweet: “Imagine if @EmmaRaducanu had taken Twitter’s advice & carried on ‘bravely’ and ‘heroically’ quitting and losing…
“Thank God she’s made of tougher stuff & realised that winners don’t quit & have to learn how to handle the pressure. That’s why she’s Champion today. Congrats Emma.”
In an Instagram statement following her early retirement from Wimbledon, Raducanu said she had felt “dizzy” at the end of the first set of the game and was told not to continue after going off the court for medical support.
The 18-year-old was also publicly criticised by seven-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe who said the occasion appeared to be a “little bit too much” for her.
In a press conference following her historic US open win, Raducanu said she “zoned” into her tennis and didn’t pay any attention to the press surrounding her Wimbledon exit.
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