Piers Morgan shared a less than respectful post regarding his relationship with Larry King, following the legendary broadcaster’s passing, Saturday. King, 87, was hospitalized earlier this month with COVID-19.

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“Larry King was a hero of mine until we fell out after I replaced him at CNN & he said my show was ‘like watching your mother-in-law go over a cliff in your new Bentley.’ (He married 8 times so a mother-in-law expert) But he was a brilliant broadcaster & masterful TV interviewer,” Morgan wrote on Twitter, soon after his death was announced.

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Many online took issue with his comments. One user replied: “He was right to say so. That’s why he was a king, in more ways than one.”

“Wtf is wrong with you,” added Ethan Klein.

Other users defended Morgan’s statement as being written in jest: “Anyone who is actually familiar with Larry’s sense of humor will say to you that he would have loved this joke! I personally find Piers insufferable sometimes but I think this was an appropriate little funny tribute!” read one post retweeted by Morgan.

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King was one of the most iconic journalists for decades on CNN with his show Larry King Live. He interviewed countless high profile politicians, celebrities, and more.

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