Reports have been swirling that Bruce Jenner will publicly announce that he is physically transitioning from male to female, opening up a wave of criticism aimed at the Olympic gold medalist. Piers Morgan, editor-at-large for DailyMail.com, stopped by the ET set to slam Bruce's critics.
"[Bruce] should be allowed to define what he wants to be in his life," Piers told ET. "Shouldn't we all have that right?"
In a blistering article for DailyMail.com first published Monday, Piers chastised Bruce's critics for their cruelty.
"I really don't care what Bruce Jenner does," Bruce wrote in his piece. "Nor do I criticize the media for obsessively chasing the story (DailyMail.com has led the way in reporting it) because he's deliberately made his private life public property for a long time. But I do care about the despicable way Bruce Jenner's being treated."
This comes weeks after In Touch magazine Photoshopped a picture of Bruce to make it appear as if he was wearing makeup and women's clothing, running with the headline, "Bruce's Story: My Life As a Woman." Subsequently, the Kardashian-Jenner daughters rallied around Bruce in a show of support, Instagramming a family photo with him and captioning it with "Family First."
For some time now, there has been speculation that the 65-year-old Olympic gold medalist may be transitioning genders, although he has not yet commented on them directly.
Sources at E!, which airs Keeping Up With the Kardashians, tell ET that Bruce will be going by Caitlyn or Kaitlyn. He is also reportedly planning to have a sit-down with ABC News' Diane Sawyer, according to Buzzfeed.
Last week, Kim Kardashian stopped by the ET stage and addressed the rumors about Bruce.
"I think everyone goes through things in life, and I think that story and what Bruce is going through, I think he'll share whenever the time is right," she said. "I feel like that's his journey to talk about."
Kim later added that Bruce is currently "the happiest" she's ever seen him.
Whether his story will be part of Keeping Up With the Kardashians or a separate docuseries remains up in the air. Sources tell ET that if a show does happen Bruce wants it to be his own story and does not want Kris Jenner, whom he will officially be divorced from in March, to get an executive producer credit.
"Men and women who succeed at the decathlon are hard as nails, trained to survive and thrive with a mixture of raw power, tenacity, agility, skill, determination and guts," Piers wrote in his article for DailyMail.com. "Bruce Jenner was one of the best decathletes in history. So to call him a coward is as pathetic as it's so clearly inaccurate. So much commentary about his struggles has been vile, when what he's going through is no doubt extraordinarily difficult. What's truly cowardly is the way so many have raced to sneer, mock and humiliate the guy at probably the most difficult time of his entire life."