Piers Morgan generated controversy Wednesday after publishing a promotional video for a recently recorded interview with Donald Trump that appeared to show the former president storming out of the interview.
However, Trump released audio showing that the promotional video for the interview was deceptively edited.
Morgan interviewed Trump for his new show "Piers Morgan Uncensored." The interview is set to air next Monday.
Calling the interview the "most explosive" of the year, the promotional video stitched together various cuts from the interview that framed Trump as unhinged when Morgan challenged his claims about the 2020 election.
"Morgan vs. Trump," the narrator declares as the video shows Trump standing up from his chair and telling producers to "turn the camera off" while huffing, "Very dishonest." The montage included close-ups of Trump's sweaty face and dramatic background music.
But what really happened?
The video predictably spread like wildfire because it seemingly confirmed the media's caricature of Trump.
However, Morgan and his production crew were not the only people who recorded in the interview. In fact, Trump's team saved an audio recording of the interview in its entirety, which paints a much different picture from the one presented by Morgan.
According to NBC News, the interview ended cordially (friendly, even). Morgan said, "That was a great interview," a comment Trump affirmed. Morgan then said, "Thank you very much. I really appreciate it."
Only after Morgan's concluding remark of gratitude did Trump say, "Turn the camera off."
Meanwhile, Trump's remark that Morgan was being "very dishonest" was related to his refusal to honor the time that Trump agreed to for the interview. Trump communications director Taylor Budowich told NBC News the interview was expected to last just 20 minutes — but Morgan asked questions for more than one hour.
Trump released a statement late Wednesday blasting Morgan.
"Piers Morgan, like the rest of the Fake News Media, attempted to unlawfully and deceptively edit his long and tedious interview with me. He wanted to make it look like I walked out on the interview when my time limit of 20 minutes went over by an hour," Trump said.
The former president added, "[Morgan] went out of his way to deceptively edit an interview and got caught."
Morgan responded to Trump's statement early Thursday morning by ignoring the fact that his promotional video was deceptively edited.
"Morning, Mr President! It was a great interview, thanks for all your time. Sorry you got so annoyed that I don’t believe the 2020 election was rigged or stolen from you, but as I said, where’s your proof? If you have it, show us — or accept the result and move on," Morgan said.