Piers Morgan Slams Madonna on Twitter, Reinforces CNN Ban

Piers Morgan
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"Piers Morgan Tonight" has improved CNN's performance in the hour, but Rachel Maddow still tops the British host.

Make no mistake: Piers Morgan really, really loathes Madonna, and he continues to spew verbal daggers her direction.

The Morgan-Madonna feud appears to be one of those instances where someone has an archnemesis, but the hatred is somewhat one-sided -- namely, Morgan has out it for Madge, but not the other way around.

In the CNN host's latest jab at the music superstar, he tweeted: "Welcome to Twitter @MadonnaMDNAday -- you're still banned from my show. Love Piers x." (He mentioned the singer's new Twitter handle she used for one day to promote her latest album, MDNA.)

Madonna's longtime manager, Guy Oseary, came to her defense on the micro-blogging platform on Tuesday night, responding in a word: "Really??" Plus: a link to a letter in which Morgan formally invited the Material Mom to appear on his U.K. interview show.

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"Piers Morgan is delighted to invite Madonna to be a special guest for his LA recording of his UK chat show -- where she would be welcome to promote her new film and forthcoming album release (and perform two numbers)," reads the note, which was sent to Oseary in October of last year.

To which Morgan shot back: "Madonna's only been banned from my #CNN show @guyoseary - not my UK show, which sent that invite. But I'm now banning her from that too."

Morgan's rep could not be reached for comment; Madonna's publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Morgan, who took over Larry King's primetime spot at CNN last year, has long held a grudge against Madonna. In a January 2011 interview with Access Hollywood, he called the singer "boring" and vowed never to have her as a guest on his show.

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"There was a bread roll throwing incident in London in the mid '90s," he explained on the NBC entertainment news program. "There was an incident at a hotel in the south of France (at) the Cannes Film Festival involving a photographer and a bodyguard; there's been an incident involving a pub owned by her recently departed husband, Guy Ritchie, where my brother was the manager."

According to Morgan, his anti-Madonna animosity also stemmed from a situation when he was editor of the Daily Mirror tabloid, and she announced her pregnancy (with son Rocco) in a rival publication.

"What's most amusing is Madonna claiming not to know who I am, while her manager's busy tweeting me. Make your minds up, dearies," Morgan tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

"Although perhaps even more amusing is the phalanx of slightly mad Madonna fans who pop up to abuse me every time the ban story runs again," he wrote, addressing the anti-Morgan online backlash.