'It's complex': Piers Morgan insists probing transgender Caitlyn Jenner about gender reassignment was 'educational' as he defends his line of questioning in Life Stories interview
Piers Morgan was forced to defend himself during a Life Stories interview with Caitlyn Jenner recently, after making a quip about her gender reassignment surgery.
During the pair's chat, which is set to air on ITV on Thursday, TV personality Piers, 52, questioned the 68-year-old star, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, about how she'd changed physically, before adding there are 'certain areas we know about'.
The comment appeared to rile up the onetime Olympian, who shot back: 'You made a comment there and that's why you would get in trouble, OK? You said "certain areas" - that, to a trans-person, is disrespectful.'
Confrontation: Caitlyn Jenner butted heads with Piers Morgan during an appearance on his Life Stories show, after the TV personality made a quip about gender reassignment surgery
After Piers, who held a male doll resembling Caitlyn during her past as a younger athlete in his hand, defended his decision to make the comment, Caitlyn continued: 'It's not funny. It's life. It's a very serious part of my life.
'I take that very seriously and so out of respect to myself and the community, it's not something that you joke about. This is serious stuff. People die over these issues. It's not a joke.'
After explaining that found frank discussion over the matter 'educational' and a complex issue', GMB host Piers conceded: 'Point taken.'
Riled up; Caitlyn, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, got riled up when Piers asked about how she'd changed physically, before adding that there are 'certain areas we know about'
At the start of their exchange, Piers said to Caitlyn: 'You were an all-American, 6ft 2in muscle-bound guy. When you look at that guy what do you think?'
Caitlyn responded: 'Good for him. There is a lot more to this story than just that.'
But things took a turn for the worse when Piers then asked: 'How does your physique compare now to what it did then? Obviously, certain areas we know about.'
However, the conversation soon recovered and the pair went on to discuss a number of aspects of Caitlyn's life, including her strained relationship with ex-wife Kris Jenner and the rest of the Kardashian clan.
Respect: Caitlyn shot back that she found the particular comment made by Piers disrespectful
Caitlyn has been caught up in a feud with her ex wife and stepdaughters Kourtney, 38, Kim, 37, and Khloe, 33, since splitting with Kris an undergoing gender reassignment surgery.
The ongoing spat was touched on again during a recent episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians when 62-year-old Kris talked again about how she feels about her ex-husband's memoir The Secrets Of My Life, admitting it had hurt her.
Kendall has also hinted that she and her siblings might have known more about their father's struggle with his gender identity than they admitted to their mother at the time.
The episode showed the family going for formal media training for the first time.
Doll: During the interview, Piers pulled out a small action figure resembling Caitlyn during her heyday as an athlete back in the 1970s
But Kris told daughter Kim: 'I don't want to do it. I don't want to be on the defensive about us or about Caitlyn... I am enjoying private life to be private, more off-camera when we're not doing our show.'
Later in the show the staff at Clarity Media Group grilled Kris about her 24 year marriage to Caitlyn, and asked her if she had 'turned a blind eye' to her spouse's gender identity issues.
Kris replied: 'No... I just think I didn't have the whole truth of what was going on in his life.' Kendall jumped to her mother's defence, saying: 'We kept a lot of it from you.'
Kris claimed her children had been 'told not to' repeat certain things to her.
Conceded: Piers conceded that he understood why Caitlyn took exception to his remark
She added: 'There were things that happened that they did not tell me. I would do anything for my kids. Had I known any of the things they were experiencing ... it just broke my heart.'
Speaking about Caitlyn's claims in her memoir, Kris said there were 'two truths,' adding that for 'more than half the marriage it was like... perfect.'
And of Caitlyn coming out as transgender, she said: 'I wouldn't have seen that truth in, like, a gazillion years.'
Kris admitted she thought Caitlyn's book was 'very mean-spirited'.
Celebrated: Caitlyn, pictured as Bruce Jenner in 1975, was a celebrated heptathlete during her younger years of competing on behalf of her native US
She added that there were 'a lot of inaccuracies,' and that she wished Caitlyn had simply written, 'Married to her. Didn't work out. She's a great girl.'
Kris's frank comments come after Caitlyn accused the Kardashian family of 'bashing' her.
The TV personality slammed her ex-wife Kris and her famous family, claiming that her step-children, Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, and Rob have pushed her out of their lives.
Piers Morgan's Life Stories will air on Thursday at 9pm on ITV.
The ex factor: Before announcing her transition, Caitlyn was married to Kris Jenner. They're pictured together in 2012
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