On Thursday's edition of "Piers Morgan Tonight," the host used his "Only in America" segment to make one general request to the public: stop apologizing.
"I'm sorry! I'm really, really, really sorry about everything," began Piers Morgan. "Because one thing's for sure. I'm going to offend somebody, in the next couple of minutes. Somewhere out there, someone's going to be really upset."
Referencing Robert De Niro's recent "white first lady" quip, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host searched for America's seemingly lost sense of humor, wondering why the demand for "groveling apologies" has grown to such a heightened extreme:
"When did a harmless joke become a criminal offense? On the left, on the right, or on the GOP campaign trail, any attempt at humor is now met with instant ferocious condemnation and gaffes of full outrage."
Quoting from from political satirist and comedian Bill Maher's recent op-ed in the New York Times, Morgan shared: "Let's have an amnesty...on every made-up, fake, totally insincere, playacted, hurt, insult, slight and affront. Let's make this Sunday the National Day of No Outrage."
While he's not ready to give truly offensive rhetoric or insulting commentary a pass, the host whole-heartedly agreed with Maher's unapologetic attitude.
In the words of Morgan, "Only in America": "With regard to all the innocuous asides of politicians, pundits, co-workers, your neighbors, let's just get a grip, shall we? Instead of pretending to take imaginary offense. Have a laugh. Go on."
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