Tonya Harding nearly walks out of Piers Morgan interview after being told to 'stop playing the victim'

Things got awkward between Tonya Harding and Piers Morgan.

On Tuesday, the former Olympic ice skater appeared on Good Morning Britain via satellite and was probed by the 52-year-old TV personality about the infamous 1994 attack on her rival, Nancy Kerrigan. Morgan was ruthless in pressing Harding about whether she knew that her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and his co-conspirator, Shawn Eckhardt, had hired a hitman to club Kerrigan in the knee after the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Michigan.

Harding dodged the inquiries and insisted that she was only there to promote the positive message of her biopic, I, Tonya, which stars Margot Robbie. "I respect you for trying to ask these questions. I'm here to talk about the future and what it means," she said. "My movie is going to help so many people, [and let them know] that it is OK to ask for help. So, that's why I'm here."

Interrupting the former 47-year-old athlete, Morgan responded, "Maybe it suits you to play the victim, [but] the victim was Nancy Kerrigan."

Harding then tried to shut down the interview. "Thank you so much but I think I'm going to have to say have a good night," she told the morning show host.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - CIRCA 1991: Figure Skater Tonya Harding of the United States competes in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships circa 1991 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
OAKLAND - 1991: Tonya Harding of the USA performs in the fall Skate America figure skating competition held in 1991 at the Oakland-Alameda County Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
American figure skater Tonya Harding performs at the 1991 World Championships. (Photo by Gilbert Iundt; Jean-Yves Ruszniewski/TempSport/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1992: Figure Skater Tonya Harding of the United States competes in a figure skating competition circa 1992. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding posing in front of brown backdrop (no caps). (Photo by Rex Rystedt/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, : U.S. figure skating champion Tonya Harding (R) listens to her coach Diane Rawlinson during a practice session early 18 January 1994 in Portland, Oregon. Federal and local investigators are trying to determine if Tonya Harding's money, some of it from Olympic sources, paid for the attack on figure skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. (Photo credit should read POOL/AFP/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - JANUARY 24: Young fans of U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding look on while she takes a break from training at the Clackamas Town Center mall rink, 24 January 1994, as a grand jury continues its meetings on whether to indict her in the attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan. A news report in the Portland Oregonian newspaper said prosecutors have enough evidence to charge Harding. (Photo credit should read EUGENE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - JANUARY 27: U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding reads from a prepared text 27 January 1994 during a press conference at the Multnomah County Athletic Club, Oregon. Harding admitted that she failed to tell authorities what she knew about the attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan. Harding also denied planning to injure Kerrigan and asked to remain on the U.S. Olympic team. (Photo credit should read CRAIG STRONG/AFP/Getty Images)
Tonya Harding (L) and Nancy Kerrigan, both from USA, during a training session of the 1994 Winter Olympics. It's just one month after Harding became notorious for allegedly conspiring to harm competitor Nancy Kerrigan in an attack. (Photo by Dimitri Iundt/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 9: Tonya Harding sits for an interview in Portland. OR. for the program 'Eye to Eye with Connie Chung.' Image dated February 9, 1994. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
HAMAR - FEBRUARY 17: U.S.A. figure skaters Nancy Kerrigan, background, and Tonya Harding, foreground, face each other on the ice during a practice session at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Hamar, Norway on Feb. 17, 1994. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY - FEBRUARY 23: Tonya Harding of the USA competes in the Technical Program portion of the Women's Figure Skating competition of the 1994 Winter Olympics on February 23, 1994 at the Hamar Olympic Hall in Lillehammer, Norway. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY - FEBRUARY 25: Tonya Harding of the USA competes in the Free Skate portion of the Women's Figure Skating competition of the 1994 Winter Olympics on February 25, 1994 at the Hamar Olympic Hall in Lillehammer, Norway. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
FILES, NORWAY - DECEMBER 15: US figure skaters Tonya Harding (L) and Nancy Kerrigan avoid each other during a training session 17 February in Hamar, Norway, during the Winter Olympics. Kerrigan was hit on the knee in January 1994 during the US Olympic Trials and it was later learned that Harding's ex-husband and bodyguard masterminded the attack in hopes of improving Harding's chances at the US Trials and the Olympics. (COLOR KEY: Harding has yellow) (Photo credit should read VINCENT AMALVY/AFP/Getty Images)
Tonya Harding and Paula Jones square off at the official weigh-in for 'Celebrity Boxing.' The televison show will air March 13 on Fox TV. (Photo by Ted Soqui/Corbis via Getty Images)
CAMUS, WA - AUGUST 8: Former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding speaks to reporters about her sentencing, as she exits the Camus/Washougal Municipal Court on August 8, 2002 in Camus, Washington. Harding was sentenced to 30 days detention, with 20 days suspended, for violating her probation from an assault case after admitting she was driving drunk when arrested in April of 2002. (Photo by Greg Wahl-Stephens/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JUNE 13: Tonya Harding attends the opening weekend of Smokin' Joe Frazier's Sportzbox at Bally's Atlantic City on June 13, 2009 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 05: Tonya Harding attends Premiere Of Neon's 'I, Tonya' at the Egyptian Theatre on December 5, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05: Tonya Harding and Margot Robbie attend NEON and 30WEST Present the Los Angeles Premiere of 'I, Tonya' Supported By Svedka on December 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for NEON)
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"You're going?" Morgan asked. 

"You weren't letting me finish," she replied. "I think many people are victims every day, people need to stand up for themselves, that abuse shouldn't be happening anymore."

Morgan chimed in, "Nancy Kerrigan was the victim, she was abused, she was attacked."

"People don't understand what I was going through," Harding insisted.

Bringing up the attack once more, Morgan pressed, "You did know what was happening, what they were planning to do, didn't you?"

"No I did not!" Harding exclaimed. 

Morgan replied, "You didn't have any knowledge at all, it was a pure coincidence?"

"No I did not," Harding again responded before ending the interview. 

"I’m afraid I don’t share Ms Harding’s view that she is the victim in this story," Morgan later tweeted.

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A screen shot of Tonya Harding from a promo for NBC's 'Nancy & Tonya' airing on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
17 FEB 1994: NANCY KERRIGAN AND TONYA HARDING OF THE UNITED STATES PASS EACH OTHER WITHOUT NOTICE DURING A PRACTICE SESSI0N AT THE 1994 LILLEHAMMER WINTER OLYMPICS. Mandatory Credit: Pascal Rondeau/ALLSPORT
JAN 1991: Left to right: Kristi Yamaguchi, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan on the podium during the 1991 US Figure Skating Championships (Tim Defrisco/ALLSPORT).
US figure skaters Tonya Harding (L) and Nancy Kerrigan avoid each other during a training session 17 February in Hamar, Norway, during the Winter Olympics. Kerrigan was hit on the knee in January 1994 during the US Olympic Trials and it was later learned that Harding's ex-husband and bodyguard masterminded the attack in hopes of improving Harding's chances at the US Trials and the Olympics. (VINCENT AMALVY/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, flanked by her mother Barbara (L) and other family members, describes how she has been watching with binoculars the encamped press outside her parents Stoneham home in Boston, MA, 14 January 1994. Three men were arrested in connection with the attack on Kerrigan which kept her from competing at the National Championship. (JOHN MOTTERN/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, joined by her family and agent, answers questions from the press outside her parents Stoneham, Massachusetts home 14 January 1994. Three men were arrested in connection with the attack on Kerrigan which kept her from competing at the National Championship. (CHRIS CHRISTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Shawn Eric Eckardt (L), bodyguard of figure skater Tonya Harding, and fellow defendent Derrick Smith (R) are joined by Smith's attorney Robert Goffredi 14 January 1994 as they face Judge Donald Londer during their arraignment on charges of conspiracy to commit assault in the attack on skater Nancy Kerrigan. The two men were charged for the 06 January 1994 attack on Kerrigan. (CHRIS WILKINS/AFP/Getty Images)
Shawn Eric Eckardt, bodyguard of figure skater Tonya Harding, walks handcuffed into jail after being arrested and charged with conspiracy in the attack on skater Nancy Kerrigan. Eckardt was charged for the 06 January 1994 in the attack that left Kerrigan unable to compete in the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. (CHRIS WILKINS/AFP/Getty Images)
Derrick Brian Smith (R) of Phoenix, Arizona is taken by an unidentified police officer into jail in Portland, OR, 13 January 1994 after being arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit assault in the attack on skater Nancy Kerrigan. Smith was charged in the 06 January attack that left Kerrigan unable to compete in the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. (CHRIS WILKINS/AFP/Getty Images)
25 FEB 1994: NANCY KERRIGAN OF THE UNITED STATES IN ACTION IN THE FREE PROGRAM AT THE 1994 LILLEHAMMER WINTER OLYMPICS. KERRIGAN TAKES THE SILVER. Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill/ALLSPORT
Tonya Harding pumps her fists as she finishes her gold medal winning program at the women's championship 08 January 1994 at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, who did not compete because she was wounded in an attack by an unknown assailant 06 January, will represent the U.S. at the 1994 Winter Olympics. (Photo credit should read CHRIS WILKINS/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan stretches her injured knee during a workout at her hometown arena 17 January 1994. During this first public appearance on the ice after being attacked at the National Skating Championships, Kerrigan executed circles, spins, small hops and a half-axel. (POOL/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. figure skating champion Tonya Harding (R) listens to her coach Diane Rawlinson during a practice session early 18 January 1994 in Portland, Oregon. Federal and local investigators are trying to determine if Tonya Harding's money, some of it from Olympic sources, paid for the attack on figure skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. (POOL/AFP/Getty Images)
Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan (R) signs an autograph for a young fan 08 January 1994 after the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Kerrigan was named to the 1994 U.S. Olympic team despite having to drop out of the championships due to an injury caused in an attack by an unknown assailant 06 January 1994. (MICHAEL SAMOJEDEN/AFP/Getty Images)
28 Feb 1994: Tonya Harding of the USA during her routinue at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. She took eighth place. (Chris Cole/Allsport)
Nancy Kerrigan performs during the P&G Wal-Mart "Tribute to American Legends of the Ice" at Izod Center on December 11, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Tonya Harding is pictured during a boxing exhibition during the second period intermission at the Colorado Eagles versus Indianapolis Ice hockey game at the Pepsi Coliseum on March 12, 2004 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Nancy Kerrigan is inducted into the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame during the State Farm US Figure Skating Championships January 9, 2004 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan attends the 14th Annual BNP Paribas Taste Of Tennis at W New York Hotel on August 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for BNP Paribas)
Tonya Harding poses for a picture with two fans after a boxing exhibition during the second period intermission at the Colorado Eagles versus Indianapolis Ice hockey game at the Pepsi Coliseum on March 12, 2004 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Since her ice skating days she's become involved in boxing. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Prior to her appearance on Good Morning BritainHarding joined the I, Tonya cast at Sunday's Golden Globes and celebrated with Allison Janney after she won for her portrayal of LaVona Golden, Harding's mother. 

"She was overwhelmed by the movie," Janney told ET's Kevin Frazier of Harding's reaction to the critically acclaimed film. "I think she's having a great moment. I think she loves it and I think she should because the movie tells a more nuanced side of her story."

Janney added, "It's much more complicated then what we first thought when this incident happened back in the '90s."

 

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