Tonya Harding Walks Off Interview After Piers Morgan Tells Her to Quit Playing Victim

The 'Good Morning Britain' host told the former Olympian that she was not the victim in the Nancy Kerrigan attack, leading Tonya to almost cut short the interview.

AceShowbiz - Tonya Harding got into a heated discussion with Piers Morgan in the Monday, January 8 episode of "Good Morning Britain", to the point the former Olympic figure skater threatened to leave the interview. It all came down after the host accused Tonya of playing the victim when the real victim was Nancy Kerrigan.

The interview got intense when Tonya felt that Piers kept interrupting her. "You weren't letting me finish!" she said. "I respect you for trying to ask these question. I'm here to talk about the future and what it means."

"My movie is going to help so many people, [and let them know] that it is OK to ask for help," she continued. "So, that's why I'm here."

"Maybe it suits you to play the victim," said Piers. "But I think the victim in all of this wasn't you. It was Nancy Kerrigan who had her Olympic dream shattered quite literally in her legs."

Tonya, who has been doing several interviews following the release of "I, Tonya" movie, responded, "Thank you so much. I appreciate being on your show, but I think I'm going to have to say have a good night."

When asked about why she wanted to end the interview, Tonya said, "I think that many people are the victims of abuse every single day and can't stand up for themselves. People need to be able to understand that we need to stand united and that abuse should not be happening anymore. We all know this."

When Piers said it was Nancy who suffered the abuse, Tonya agreed. She shared, "Yes, she was." However, Tonya insisted that "you also have to realize that there's a lot of things going on. People don't seem to understand what I was going through, so that's why I decided to do this movie."

Piers seemingly didn't want to let Tonya get away without giving a straight answer as he asked if Tonya knew anything about the attack on Nancy back in 1994 at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit. "No, I did not!" Tonya yelled.

"You didn't have any knowledge at all, it was pure coincidence?" Piers continued. Tonya responded, "No, I did not know anything prior. I did find out after the fact."

Tonya, however, revealed to "Good Morning America" that she did overhear her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and his accomplice Shawn Eckhart's plan to attack someone. "I did, however, overhear them talking about stuff where, 'Well, maybe we should take somebody out so we can make sure she gets on the team,' " Harding told Amy Robach in a sneak peek of the interview which was released on Tuesday, January 9. Tonya went on saying, "And I remember telling them, 'What the hell are you talking about? I can skate.' "

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