So much for a friendly interview.
Television personality Piers Morgan had some not-so-nice things to say about former Wham! member Andrew Ridgeley following an interview with the singer on “Good Morning Britain”.
Ridgeley, 55, appeared on the program to promote a charity race through the French and Swiss Alps called Dallaglio Cycle Slam. He was not interested, however, in talking about his career with Wham! or the untimely passing of George Michael.
“When George [Michael] died, there was very moving stuff from you that I read about,” Morgan said. “Obviously, it was an extraordinarily big moment [for us], it must have been for you, as well. How have you and all of his friends dealt with the period since he’s died?”
Ridgeley replied with discomfort, “I would imagine much like anyone else does. There’s a period of grief, and it’s a difficult adjustment.” He then segued to the charity, “A loss of a great friend is traumatic and emotionally tough — almost as emotionally tough as the Dallaglio Cycle Slam!”
“You really don’t like talking about the past, right?” Morgan noted.
“I’d much rather be discussing the Dallaglio Cycle Slam and its good work for people who haven’t had the privileges of you and I,” Ridgeley argued. “I think that’s rather a more worthy subject matter.”
Following the interview, Morgan apologized on air for what he deemed a disappointing interview with the musician: “Sorry, it was a bit awkward that interview. I never really understand why people come on if people don’t want to talk about, whatever.”
He was clearly still bothered by Ridgeley’s behaviour, later taking to Twitter to call him an “insufferable d**k.”
“Many thanks to Andrew Ridgeley for being such an insufferable d**k today,” Morgan wrote. “Much appreciated!”
Ridgeley refused to play along. He posted a photo on Instagram thanking the ITV crew and hosts for their time, but Morgan’s name was noticeably absent from the thank-you letter.
Michael and Ridgeley performed as Wham! on and off from 1981 to 1991.