Piers Morgan offers grovelling apology to Lady Gaga after mocking her coronavirus fundraising efforts
Piers Morgan said sorry to Lady Gaga after her One World: Together At Home concert raised more than $127 million (£100 million) for the World Health Organization’s coronavirus relief efforts.
The Good Morning Britain host was among those who dismissed Gaga’s involvement with the World Health Organization (WHO) when it was first announced in early April.
Quoting a PinkNews story about the singer being a special guest at a WHO COVID-19 press conference, he tweeted: “Why? Has she found a cure? Otherwise, we don’t need a bloody singer there.”
Since then, Gaga has gone on to raise more than $127 million (£100 million) by curating the One World: Together At Home concert spectacular, which brought together performers such as Taylor Swift, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé and raised crucial funds to arm healthcare workers with personal protective equipment.
Morgan admitted on Sunday night (April 19): “I owe you an apology Lady Gaga.
“This was a great initiative that raised a fortune, entertained people, & will help save lives.
“It was also a perfect illustration of a major star using their profile properly in this crisis. Congrats & sorry for originally questioning it.”
I owe you an apology @ladygaga – this was a great initiative that raised a fortune, entertained people, & will help save lives. It was also a perfect illustration of a major star using their profile properly in this crisis. Congrats & sorry for originally questioning it. ?? https://t.co/W28gfykVuR
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 19, 2020
He quoted Gaga’s own tweet about the concert, in which she wrote: “I am so humbled to have been a part of this project. Thank you @GlblCtzn. Thank you @WHO. I love you.
Lady Gaga unites stars for One World: Together At Home.
Tens of millions tuned in across the globe to watch the concert on Saturday night (April 18).
Gaga kicked off the event, which she called “a love letter to the world”.
Dedicating the night to frontline healthcare workers, she explained that she and her fellow performers wanted “to give back a little bit of the kindness that you’ve given us”.
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The night saw a number of mostly stripped-back numbers, live-streamed from performers’ homes.
Elton John performing his iconic “I’m Still Standing” and paid tribute to medical professionals in Britain and across the world.
“God bless you, thank you,” he said.
In the UK, BBC One streamed a special version of the concert on Sunday night, with Little Mix giving an exclusive performance of “Touch”.
Fans are eagerly awaiting the new Lady Gaga album, Chromatica, which remains without a release date.