John Cleese: My Twitter war of words with Piers Morgan was just ‘entertainment’

John Cleese has admitted he enjoyed his Twitter spat with Piers Morgan.

The Monty Python star described the online spat, which broke out following an article Piers wrote, as ‘a little bit of fencing’, and said he now thinks of it as ‘just a little matter of an entertainment’.

Former Daily Mirror editor Piers wrote a column for the Mail on Sunday accusing John of having become ‘a whining pub bore’, and a Twitter exchange ensued, with the funnyman saying the journalist had not been talented ‘for a lifetime’.

Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan (Yui Mok/PA)


Speaking about the exchange, John, who described Piers as ‘a real third rater’ and claimed at one point to have forgotten the television presenter’s name, told BBC Radio Five Live it was enjoyable.

He said: “I think it’s just a little matter of an entertainment, but I rather enjoy it. I think that when you can score off someone in a witty way, like when the Pythons get together we just tease each other mercilessly, we’re terribly rude about each other.”

The 75-year-old, who has published his autobiography So, Anyway… has just moved back to London from Monaco with his fourth wife Jennifer Wade and said he is the happiest he has ever been.

John, who says he moved to Monaco because he could not afford to live in England and make alimony payments to an ex-wife, said he missed friends and realised he wanted to move back.

John Cleese

John Cleese (Andrew Matthews/PA)


As well as an understanding wife, he credits his pet cats with making him happy.

He said: “Jenny was wonderful, she was very kind with my change of mind and now we’re just back in London and actually the happiest I’ve ever been, not just because of Jenny, although she must take some of the credit, it’s really the three cats, they are the most wonderful creatures.”



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