On Sunday, Morgan published old messages that Flack had allegedly sent to him last year in which she agonised that Jamil was “aiming hate” at her.
The former America’s Got Talent judge said he felt compelled to release the messages because of Jamil, 33, speaking out about online bullying.
“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,” Morgan, 54, tweeted alongside a screenshot of Flack’s alleged messages.
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. pic.twitter.com/zegVBVEseY
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 23, 2020
Last year, Jamil – who often speaks out on body positivity – criticised a British reality show called The Surjury, which was to be hosted by Flack and involved a panel deciding if a person should receive plastic surgery. The show has since been pulled.
Jamil swiftly responded to Morgan, writing, “I simply said I found the show ‘surjury’ (not her) problematic for kids to watch. And that love island needed some more diversity. Both times Caroline instigated debate with ME even though I was not targeting or blaming her at all. I always just politely explained my point.”
In another tweet, the Good Place actress added, “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 criticising a *show* did not aim any hate at Caroline.”
Jamil went on to say she wouldn’t continue the conversation because Flack “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,” she wrote, adding, “To sell your dead friends private messages for clicks is a low I’ve never imagined anyone capable of.”
Morgan followed up on Monday, commenting on Jamil’s recent online backlash in which she was accused of having Munchausen syndrome, “Delighted to see Jameela Jamil has miraculously found the strength from her myriad afflictions to brand me a ‘bullying parasite’. This is such a valuable contribution to the #BeKind movement & I wish her well with her continued recovery from Hypocritical Twerp Syndrome.”
Morgan and Jamil have long sparred on Twitter, and she has previously blocked him.
It has been a difficult couple of weeks for Jamil, who was slammed for her casting on HBO Max’s new ballroom vogueing competition show Legendary. She was then accused of suffering from Munchausen syndrome, a mental disorder in which a person acts as if he or she is physically or mentally ill without really being sick.
She has claimed in interviews to being partially deaf, having a severe shellfish and peanut allergy, spinal damage due to running into traffic to avoid a swarm of bees and coeliac disease. She also claims to have suffered anorexia nervosa, a suicide attempt, a breast cancer scare and mercury poisoning from teeth fillings.
“I’m now being accused of munchausens?” she tweeted. “By an unhinged idiot who didn’t even realise in all her ‘research’ that my car accident injury stories are ‘different’ because they were about TWO SEPARATE CAR ACCIDENTS 13 years apart? You can keep it.”
She also added that she suffered from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which “means always having people doubt your illness and injuries because you look okay”.
This article originally appeared on the NY Post and was reproduced with permission