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We’re starting to think author, political commentator, and general all-purpose windbag Piers Morgan might get a certain thrill out of getting knocked around on Twitter. Hot off getting into a high-profile spat with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling—over comments Morgan made last week on Real Time With Bill Maher about the semantics of President Trump’s travel ban—Morgan invited Fifty Shades Of Grey author E.L. James into his conversational boudoir with a somewhat out-of-nowhere dig:

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Morgan was referencing the many, many people who have been sending him quotes from Rowling’s books, in response to his claim never to have read the best-selling wizarding series. James—whose Fifty Shades Darker is currently in theaters—ignored the implied insult of Morgan’s tweet and responded gamely, sending him an excerpt that certainly sounds like something Christian Grey would say in one of his less erotically charged moments…

…only to pivot with the follow-up tweet:

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It’s not clear whether Morgan has sought appropriate aftercare for this latest public spanking.

[via The Independent]