Piers Morgan has hit out at the BBC after one of its programmes showed a cartoon of him performing a sex act on Donald Trump.
The Good Morning Britain presenter said the image, which was shown on BBC Two show The Mash Report, was “homophobic” and “sexist”.
It was used in a segment mocking his exclusive international interview with the president .
Presenter Rachel Parris said: “In the Trump interview the staging hinted at a greater intimacy between the two men.”
However Piers accused the BBC of “double standards”, saying their would be outrage if a similar image was created featuring a female interview or politician.
He tweeted: “Amusing though this image may be to many people, can you imagine the BBC broadcasting it if the President was Hillary Clinton or the interviewer was a woman?”
He went on to say he wasn’t bothered by the image itself, but was shocked the BBC decided to broadcast it.
He tweeted: “I don’t give a damn but I’m amazed BBC2 would broadcast an image like that, and judging by the reaction to my tweet about it, so are a lot of other people. Is that how licence payer money should be spent?”
Many social media users agreed and many tweeted him their support.
Piers tweeted Rachel directly to ask her why she thought it was acceptable.
He wrote: “Hi Rachel, I’m curious: given the current gender equality debate at the BBC, would you use this repulsive imagery & ‘petite rectum’ wording to talk about a female president and/or female journalist? If not, why is it acceptable to do it to men?”
But many people do not agree with Piers and defended the BBC.
A BBC spokesman said: “The BBC has a rich heritage of satire and The Mash Report takes a satirical and surreal look at the weeks big stories.
“This brand of humour is well known to BBC Two audiences who tune in to watch the programme.”