J.K. Rowling, Patton Oswalt Spar With Piers Morgan on Twitter for Defending Trump

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Morgan was called out on social media for stating, "There is no Muslim ban," on Friday's episode of 'Real Time With Bill Maher.'

Piers Morgan was at the center of a Twitter spat Saturday over comments he made during Friday's episode of Real Time With Bill Maher.

Morgan received heat for defending President Donald Trump in an argument with comedian Jim Jefferies in which the journalist claimed Trump's immigration policy was not a "Muslim ban."

"F— off. You say, 'He hasn't done this, he hasn't done that,' " interjected Jefferies. "Give him a f—ing chance. Hitler didn't kill the Jews on the first day. He worked up to it."

Morgan stated that Jefferies was saying "ridiculous, hysterical nonsense," to which the comedian retorted, "You just like that you won The Apprentice and you have a famous friend."

The heated back-and-forth between the two garnered attention early Saturday morning as several Hollywood names took to Twitter to call out Morgan.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling sparked a lengthy argument with the columnist and TV personality when she tweeted, "Watching Piers Morgan being told to f— off on live TV is *exactly* as satisfying as I'd always imagined."

Morgan replied, "This is why I've never read a single word of Harry Potter." Rowling, in a series of follow-up tweets, continued to blast Morgan, writing back, "If only you'd read Harry Potter, you'd know the downside of sucking up to the biggest bully in school is getting burned alive."

Patton Oswalt, George Takei and Don Cheadle supported Rowling's stance as they also took aim at Morgan on Twitter. Oswalt wrote, "Spare me the working class hero shit. You're a palace Corgi," while Takei came up with his own reasoning as to why Morgan claimed not to have read the Happy Potter series. "It's because you lack imagination, and small children instinctively fear you," he tweeted.

Read the exchange below.

Morgan continued to defend his position, emphasizing that, though he didn't support Trump's immigration ban, it could not be called a "Muslim ban." The former Apprentice winner went on to change his Twitter profile photo to one of him and President Trump in the midst of ongoing arguments.

Watch the Real Time segment below.