After being criticised for his comments on the British comedian Barry Cryer, Piers Morgan took to Twitter to defend himself. He said: “I’m always amused when pompous chefs turn up their noses at pies and shortcrust pastry because it’s not ‘artisinal’.

Piers Morgan, the British journalist and TV personality, has been slammed by Jay Rayner, a food critic for The Observer newspaper. Morgan took to Twitter today to defend himself against accusations of being “pompous”.

Piers Morgan slams ‘pompous’ Jay Rayner over Barry Cryer tweet

Piers Morgan

Piers expressed his displeasure at Rayner’s views on GB News (Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic).

After rejecting an opportunity to pay respect to the late Barry Cryer, Piers Morgan called culinary critic Jay Rayner a “pompous a**e.” 

Cryer passed away on January 25th, at the age of 86, after a brief stay in the hospital. He was noted for his work as an actor and comic, as well as writing for Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, Sir Bruce Forsyth, and Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, among others.

On Friday, journalist Rayner disclosed that he had been offered a spot on GB News to speak about Cryer’s career, but he declined, tweeting: ‘Email comes, would I go on @GBNEWS to talk about Barry Cryer?’  

‘I apologise profusely. I just looked at my calendar and it seems like I’ll have to stay in and poke pins in my eyes.’ 

‘What a pretentious arse,’ Piers said. 

One supporter, though, supported the author, saying, “It’s a statement on GBNews, not Barry Cryer!” 

Jay Rayner

GB News isn’t Rayner’s cup of tea (Picture: Reuters)

‘It was about GB News,’ said another. ‘He was a lifelong buddy of Barry’s.’ 

Rayner subsequently deleted his tweet and did not answer to Piers’ remark, but he did respond to one follower, saying, “If only I could read all the tweets I’m getting, but I have these pins in my eyes.” 

‘It is our sad duty to notify you that our loving dad Barry (aka Baz to his buddies) died on Tuesday afternoon (25th January 2022) at Northwick Park Hospital, in Harrow,’ Cryer’s family stated in a statement last Thursday.

‘However, we’re happy to report that he died quietly, in high spirits, and surrounded by his family.’ He was 86 years old when he died.

‘Dad was a gifted comic and comedy writer at a particularly brilliant era. In fact, he disliked the phrases “comedy writer” and “comedian,” preferring the words “hack” and “entertainer,” and always assumed the term “national treasure” meant he’d been dug up. In his words, he was arrogant in his humility.

‘He had a flair for camaraderie (as anybody who still uses a landline will attest) and a natural ability to put people at ease.’ Oh, and he made a lot of people laugh. Quite a bit. Over a long period of time

Barry Cryer

Cryer passed away last week at the age of 86. (Photo courtesy of PA)

‘Baz was a caring father to Tony, David, Jack, and Bob, and a loving husband to Terry for over sixty years. Jayne, Matt, Garry, and Suzannah considered him a buddy. Ruby, Tom, Evan, Archie, Hope, Martha, and Connie all adored him as a grandpa, and Ruby’s daughter, Isobel, just had the pleasure of spending time with him as a great grandfather.’

‘Never lose touch with silly, he remarked, echoing his hero Humphrey Lyttelton – something we’ve all been extremely thankful for in the past few days,’ the statement from Cryer’s family concluded.

‘RIP Barry Cryer, 86,’ Piers wrote in one of the tributes to the comedian. He’s such a kind, hilarious, and brilliant guy. A comedic legend in the United Kingdom. ‘Thank you, Barry, for all the laughter.’ 

Piers Morgan’s website

In a poignant tribute, Stephen Fry praised Cryer as a “beautiful, wonderful, and brilliant” writer.

‘Such terrible news, one of the absolute greats of British comedy, Barry Cryer, has passed away,’ he tweeted. A magnificent, beautiful, funny, and talented writer and performer who straddled all comedy traditions. Universally adored… ‘Goodbye, Baz.’

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The “bbc news” is a British television network. Jay Rayner, a food critic for the “Guardian”, tweeted that he was “pompous” after Piers Morgan, an English journalist and TV presenter, slammed him on Twitter.

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