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Piers Morgan tweets about former boss Rupert Murdoch


Piers Morgan and former editor of the Sun newspaper Rebekah Brooks. (Dave Hogan/GETTY IMAGES)

Morgan also got quite chatty about the subject on his Twitter, Tuesday.

Morgan, who edited the now defunct News of the World for two years in the 1990s, tweeted throughout the parliamentary committee hearing held Tuesday, making jokes and at times defending Murdoch.

“Rupert Murdoch's opening line: 'This is the most humbling day of my life.' Wow,” was the first of many tweets, some humorous, some not, that he sent during the hearing.

In one tweet, Morgan gave an insider’s view of Murdoch’s behavior during the hearing:

Nothing unusual in Rupert’s desk-whacking, He did that in every meeting I ever had with him. To convey both pleasure & displeasure #Murdochless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyPiers Morgan
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He commented on his own time at News of the World:

Rupert called me every week for 18ms on News of the World - rarely asked about anything but what stories we had that week. #Murdochless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyPiers Morgan
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I’ve never hacked a phone, told anyone to hack a phone, or published any stories based on the hacking of a phone.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyPiers Morgan
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And on the hearing’s fashions:

Have to presume all these MPs chose their best outfits for today. In which case, time to pitch “Westminster Fashion Nightmares?” #Murdochless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyPiers Morgan
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Morgan joked about the shaving-cream pie Murdoch was hit with, allegedly by someone named Jonnie Marbles:

I want to hire @JonnieMarbles as my immediate new head of PR - sorry @MegMcPartland #Murdochless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyPiers Morgan
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He had only one tweet about his friend Rebekah Brooks, the News Corps. exec who stepped down in the wake of the scandal and was arrested and released Sunday.

Rebekah Brooks (a great, and loyal friend) just been cut off from live #CNN USA coverage for President Obama speech. She won’t be happy.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyPiers Morgan
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He made his feelings on how the hearing went known:

’You’re shown immense guts, Mr Murdoch.’ Hysterical. This has all gone horribly wrong for the anti-Murdoch brigade. #Murdochless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyPiers Morgan
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The best part of the live-Twitterting was Alec Baldwin’s responses to some of the tweets. Yes, “30 Rock” actor Alec Baldwin.

“Strong finish by Rupert. Love him or hate him, does anyone genuinely think he's a crook or condoned crime? Because I don't. #Murdoch,” Morgan tweeted.

Alec Baldwin had a reply for that: “...Is Murdoch a crook? You ARE kidding? He's like J. Edgar Hoover. Worse than a crook, as his wealth/power makes him seem sane.”

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