Tuesday night, the new Jim Jefferies Show debuts on Comedy Central, and the world will find out if Jefferies has what it takes to be the new voice of late night on Comedy Central. Jefferies may just be a perfect candidate. He’s highly political, fearless, brilliantly funny, and has a gigantic following (he was voted Comedian of the Year by our readers in 2016) and we love him. His show will have guests and on an episode of Unmasked premiering today, Jefferies invites Morgan to join him on the new show.
Last week, comedian Jim Jefferies taped an episode of Ron Bennington’s iconic comedy interview show Unmasked at SiriusXM’s New York City studios. With Jefferies being as candid, intelligent, and outright hilarious as he is, and Ron Bennington being, well, Ron Bennington, the interview is full of brilliant clips. One such interesting tidbit? Jefferies’ comments on Piers Morgan.
If you follow HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher at all, then you know that Jefferies and British TV personality Piers Morgan don’t really get along, to put it lightly. The two had some tension between them prior to appearing on Real Time a few months back, but their exchange on HBO’s premiere political talk show took it to a whole new level when Jefferies went viral for telling Morgan to fuck off.
During his Unmasked interview, Jefferies addressed the feud with Morgan, theorizing that it may have stemmed from Morgan’s jealousy and desire to be the only “anti-gun foreign fella” in the media. [scroll down for video].
“Me and Piers Morgan haven’t liked each other for a very long time. I think he never liked me because I had a gun control routine that did very well, and he was the anti-gun foreign guy and I think he got a little jealous that I took a bit of his thunder.”
The feud goes back to a time Jefferies confessed to trolling Morgan a bit on the internet.
“One time when I was very drunk, I took a few digs at Piers Morgan cause he’s very easy to bait on the internet. I hate internet trolls, but Piers Morgan’s a different animal,” he said. “So I went after Piers and baited him a bit until he lost his fucking shit. And then I did it again. It was always weird- I feel like me and Piers have very similar political views, but then he sucks up to Trump just because he was on Celebrity Apprentice.”
When Jefferies was scheduled to appear on Real Time with Morgan, he didn’t know who the other guest was going to be until that afternoon. After tweeting that he would be on the show that night and letting his fans know they should tune in, Morgan messaged him on Twitter saying “I’ll be sitting five feet away from you, bring your A-game.” After that, Jefferies had the rest of the afternoon to wait for his moment to pounce, and the rest is history.
“So this wasn’t a spur of the moment thing, that whole afternoon, I was like, if that cunt gives me a window…I was looking for a fight, so I sat there and I thought, if I get a chance…. And then he gave me a window and I fuckin’ went to town.”
“The weird thing about it was…he probably was winning the fight. I was being childish, I was yelling at him, talking over the top of him. It wasn’t a real great discussion for me. But then he did something stupid that you should never do to a comedian. He went ‘okay you’re using your audience here Jim.’ I know when I’ve got the audience. Every comedian knows it. So I went ‘am I really?’ and they all clapped and he lost all of his power.”
Despite how heated things may have gotten, Jefferies said that he was friendly to Morgan after the show.
“After, I offered to put my arm around him and took a photo and said a bit of fun isn’t it Piers, and then he didn’t show up for the drinks afterwards. He didn’t want to be in the same room as me. “
In the months to follow, it was announced that Jefferies had been given the green light for a new Comedy Central talk show, and Jefferies revealed, Morgan tried to take credit for that.
“He took credit for me getting my TV show cause I told him to fuck off on television, but the reality is the pilot had already been filmed two months ago and I already knew the announcement was coming, but I just had to be quiet. Because that’s how television works,” Jefferies told a laughing Bennington, “you tell Piers Morgan to fuck off and then Comedy Central goes ‘Show! Give it to him!’”
But Jefferies is happy to meet up with the gun-hating, politically similar, but polar opposite pundit again and offered his own show (debuting tonight on Comedy Central) as a proper venue.
“We don’t disagree politically at all. I just think he’s a cunt and he doesn’t like me.”
“So I’m going to put it out here, you’re more than welcome to come on my show, Piers, if you’d like to come on. We’ll chat again and we’ll go an extra round.”
The full Unmasked interview with Jim Jefferies will be played on SiriusXM’s Raw Dog 99 during Bennington on Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET, so be sure to tune in! You can listen on the Raw Dog Channel 99 or on demand. The Jim Jefferies Show debuts on Comedy Central at 10:30pm Tuesday, June 6, 2017.
This is Jefferies’ second appearance on Unmasked. The series began in 2008 with a brilliant hour with Patrice O’Neal, and has taped over 200 episodes since, documenting the careers of the most interesting comedy writers, directors, filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, satirists, political comedians, comedic musicians and of course, stand up comedians in the business. It is a veritable archive of the greatest comedy of our time. Past Unmasked guests have included Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, Amy Schumer, Dan Aykroyd, Simon Pegg, Tracy Morgan, Paul Feig, Gilbert Gottfried, Bobcat Goldthwait, Louis C.K., David Brenner, Brian Regan and 200 more comedy greats. The series airs exclusively on SiriusXM and you can enjoy select episodes on iTunes.