Ariana Grande and Her Mother Roast Piers Morgan Over Ellen DeGeneres, Little Mix Digs

Like a Thanksgiving Eve turkey, British media personality gets served by “Dangerous Woman” singer and her mom

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Ariana Grande and her mother have already gotten together for the Thanksgiving holiday — to take aim at British media personality Piers Morgan.

In the run-up to America’s national celebration of gratitude, “Thank U, Next” singer Grande and her mother Joan gave Twitter users plenty to be thankful for, as they went at Morgan with full force over comments he made about talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and British girl group Little Mix.

The Grande women spent a healthy chunk of their Thanksgiving Eve railing on Morgan, after he cast DeGeneres as a hypocrite and accused Little Mix of ripping off the Dixie Chicks’ iconic, clothing-free Entertainment Weekly cover from 2003.

On Monday — also known as International Men’s Day in some social-media circles — Morgan bashed a video shared by DeGeneres of a montage of her celebrating men, with cheeky tributes to Idris Elba, Liam Hemsworth and Ryan Gosling, among other hunky showbiz males.

“Ellen drooling today over famous men’s bodies on #InternationalMensDay2018,” Morgan tweeted in response. “Yet I’ve been abused all day for complimenting @hollywills on her legs. The hypocrisy of modern feminism laid bare.”

The following day found Morgan calling out Little Mix over a photo of them posed with provocative words written on their naked bodies, in a manner reminiscent of the Dixie Chicks photo.

“Hey @LittleMix – when are you going to admit you stole this idea from @dixiechicks?” Morgan wrote.

Ariana and Joan Grande didn’t take kindly to Morgan’s critiques.

“Honestly what is wrong with you @piersmorgan ? Didn’t your mother ever teach you, if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it!” Joan Grande tweeted. ” You came for @TheEllenShow yesterday which was disgraceful, she is an angel. @LittleMix today, did you ever hear of paying homage? And..well never mind.”

The elder Grande subsequently tweeted, “Damn… I was so caught up in my own little twitterverse that I missed my genius daughter @ArianaGrande actually handling the situation… hahaha I am a proud mother who raised a magnificent, beautiful, talented FEMINIST daughter!! Ariana … yay!”

Oh, yeah; Ariana was handling it, alright.

“Ellen is an incredible & kind human being.. I use my talent AND my sexuality all the time because i choose to. women can be sexual AND talented. naked and dignified. it’s OUR choice,” the singer tweeted, adding, “we will keep fighting til people understand. i say this w all due respect but thank u, next.”

To which Morgan replied, “Hi Ariana! How lovely to hear from you so soon after your mother. Of course, women can do what they like – but if they/you use nudity to sell records to impressionable young female fans, I’ll continue to call them/you out on it. All due respect, but thank YOU. Next…”

But the younger Grande wasn’t done raking Morgan over the coals just yet.

“also @piersmorgan, i look forward to the day you realize there are other ways to go about making yourself relevant than to criticize young, beautiful, successful women for everything they do,” Grande wrote. “i think that’ll be a beautiful thing for you and your career or what’s left of it.”


“Now now, young lady – my career’s doing just fine thanks,” Morgan responded. “For the record, I criticize/praise everyone – male, female, gender-fluid. Indeed, I’ve written columns praising AND criticizing you, and you deserved both.”

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