A furious debate erupted on Good Morning Britain today over Liam Neeson’s shocking remarks revealing a racist, violent impulse that saw him look for a "black b*****d to kill".
EastEnders star Richard Blackwood furiously clashed with Niall Boylan, who insisted that everyone has irrational thoughts and that it doesn’t make them racist.
The pair were joined by Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu and it quickly turned into chaos as as all three guests began shouting over one another.
Broadcaster Niall insisted that Ireland was a very different place in 1979 (when the Liam said that the incident occurred), which Piers immediately disputed.
"I don’t think it’s ever been acceptable to do this kind of stuff outside Ku Klux Klan stuff," Piers pointed out.
However Dr Dr Mos-Shogbamimu said that both of them were missing the point and said that the actor’s action was representative of the society we live in.
"That is what we should be talking about," she said. "How do we bridge this gap? How do we end this?"
Richard began by commenting on John Barnes’ comments yesterday and said that, while he respected the footballer’s opinion, he disagreed. "There is so much of this unconscious prejudice."
"John Barnes – I love him, he’s my friend, but you don’t deserve a medal for something that we already know," Richard said, referring to the fact that the ex-Premier pro had said that the actor should be rewarded for speaking up about his racist mindset.
Richard asked Niall whether he thought he was racist, to which the broadcaster replied that he didn’t.
"I think his actions are racist but I don’t believe he as a person is racist," Niall said.
"So if I have thoughts about raping a woman, does that not make me a racist?" Richard hit back.
"Hold on a second," Niall replied. "If you have thoughts of raping a woman, they are very dark thoughts. If you never act on them, you need to get professional help."
Shocked, Richard shook his head and said: "Woah, woah. But you don’t need professional help for…"
"He did!" Niall exclaimed.
Susanna Reid interjected and said: "I thought Liam Neeson yesterday would come out and say, ‘You know what, I said that in the interview for dramatic effect. Of course I wouldn’t have done it.’
"And Robin Roberts said to him on Good Morning America, ‘Would you have carried this out?’ and he doubled down and said yes."
However the argument soon spiraled out of control as each of the guests began to talk over one another.
And viewers couldn’t believe what was going on.
One tweeted: "@GMB my God what was that …wasn’t a debate, it was a rant …the only one who can comment on why is Liam Neeson.. I’m not going to judge @susannareid100 #GMB."
While another commented: "The best thing about that debate was Piers Morgan barely got a word in edgeways #GMB."
*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV
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