Mathew Horne has taken aim at Piers Morgan to blame him for the rumoured vicious fall out he endured with former best friend James Corden.
The 41-year-old actor was famously close to UK TV star turned Hollywood powerhouse James after they starred together on the hit BBC show Gavin and Stacey.
But back in 2009, Mathew and 41-year-old James’ professional and personal relationship appeared to fly off the tracks and explode in a fiery catastrophe thanks to a failed sketch show called Horne & Corden, their high profile film Lesbian Vampire Killers being slammed by critics and audiences, and a panned performance as hosts of the 2019 Brit Awards.
According to legend, the boys fell out - with James fleeing to America to reinvent himself as a late night talk show host, leading to unexpected success, while bitter Mathew retreated into obscurity, with only a handful of acting credits being accumulated in the following decade.
With the boys now back in Vogue thanks to the hotly anticipated return of Gavin and Stacey, Mathew has pointed the finger of blame at 54-year-old Piers for the rumoured fall out.
Discussing the rumours of a rift with The Times, Mathew denied he ever had any issue with James, and declared: “I think it all stemmed from my absence from James’s Piers Morgan’s Life Stories. That’s where the rumour that we’d fallen out started and it snowballed from there.”
The 2011 episode of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories saw gushing tributes from every cast member of Gavin & Stacey except Mathew - with Piers himself explaining to James that his co-star had refused to take part in the show.
Making excuses, Mathew said he was asked to take part, but couldn’t due to a combination of other commitments and his own personal hatred for Piers Morgan himself.
“I didn’t go on that show because I was filming out of London, and they could only film my interview on one day, and I couldn’t do it,” he told The Times.
“The other reason is that I dislike Piers Morgan and everything he stands for. With hindsight, perhaps I should have put my feelings about Morgan and ethics aside, and supported my friend to whom I am greatly indebted and love very much,” he said.
The actor went on to stress that there was no bad blood between him and James, claiming that the rumours of a feud are nothing but a tabloid fantasy.
“It’s a wonderfully cynical narrative to sell. But it’s a lie. I can only be as transparent as that. They made it up and they can continue to spin it as long as they want, but I have nothing but love and support for James, and gratitude for what he’s done for my career,” he insisted.
Mathew’s worst personality traits materialised just last week, however, when he took to Twitter to troll BBC political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg following the 2019 General Election result which saw the Labour party humiliated and crushed by a giant Conservative Party majority win.
Mathew shocked followers when he took aim at 43-year-old journalist Laura in a vicious social media outburst.
The bitter actor wrote: “I really wish I loved myself as much as you Laura @bbclaurak. Let’s see...your ‘journalism’ knows no bounds. Resign, you disingenuous plopcarpet.”
He later deleted the tweets and posted a message reading: “"I apologise to both @bbclaurak and the BBC for my comments on election night. I was caught up in the frenzy of the election and realise I used my public platform and passion for politics in an incorrect way. I regret this and we should stand together. Merry Christmas one and all."
Proving herself the bigger person, Laura graciously accepted Mathew’s apology, tweeting: “Apology accepted - no one wins when we scream and shout rather than talk - maybe Twitter could move on from being Bitter in 2020 - in meantime looking forward to Gavin and Stacey Christmas special once 1st week of new parly, last #Brexitcast of 2019 and Brexit Storm 2 out the way."