British citizens have responded to an American petition calling for talk show host Piers Morgan to be deported back to his native U.K. by circulating their own petition that says they don’t want him, either.
“We got rid of him once and why should we have to suffer again,” the petition to British Home Secretary Theresa May reads. “The Americans wanted him so they should put up with him. We washed our hands of him a long time ago.”
A person going under the pseudonym of “hackergate,” a reference to Morgan’s involvement in the News of the World phone hacking scandal, started the petition.
The Daily Caller was able to confirm “hackergate” is Steven Nott of South Wales, who told British paper the Daily Mirror how to hack into celebrities’ cellphones, in an effort to alert the public.
No articles were ever published. Instead, the tabloid used the information to hack into celebrities’ cellphones themselves to scoop the Fleet Street competition.
“It didn’t take me long to realise what I had done. I couldn’t believe I was so stupid to tell a national newspaper how to get hot news for free just by hacking into someone’s phone,” Nott told the BBC in August 2011.
Nott told The Daily Caller that he started his petition, which has nearly 300 signatures as of this writing, in response to one created by an American angered over Morgan’s use of his CNN talk show to promote an anti-gun agenda.
“All of my friends and family used to think Morgan was ok until they realised how arrogant and rude he was when he insulted me at the Leveson Inquiry.” Nott told the online paper in an e-mail. “They all now despise him and can’t bear to watch him on British TV. He always called Hugh Grant a ‘tedious little man’ and I honestly believe Piers Morgan is the tedious little man in all of this and is way out of his depth.”
Nott also believes Morgan had more to do with the Hackergate scandal than he admitted.
Morgan, who was the youngest editor ever at a British newspaper, was fired from his position at The Daily Mirror in 2004 for publishing fake pictures of British soldiers abusing an Iraqi detainee.