Cristiano Ronaldo is "very happy with the way things have played out" after his explosive interview about Manchester United, Piers Morgan says.
Fans have had a strong reaction to Ronaldo claiming the club has betrayed him. But Piers says the two have spoken since part one of their interview aired on Wednesday and the star is satisfied.
"He knew what he wanted to say, and how he wanted to say it. He knew what the reaction would be," the presenter says.
TalkTV presenter Piers, who counts the striker as a personal friend, tells BBC Newsbeat Ronaldo "doesn't do anything without giving a lot of thought."
During the pair's chat, Ronaldo said he had no respect for current manager Erik Ten Hag. Manchester United fans have been critical of the striker, with some feeling there is no way back for him.
They accuse him of ruining his legacy at the club, and some think the interview is an attempt to get out after he failed to secure a summer transfer.
But Piers feels there are "a lot of people" who will support him after seeing the full interview. The former tabloid newspaper editor says he has developed a friendship with Ronaldo over the years.
"I could tell that he was feeling increasingly frustrated," says Piers. "And then, quite recently, he contacted me to say he wanted to do a big interview."
"He wanted to set the record straight, because for most of this year, he's been on the receiving end of really, I think, a ridiculously overblown amount of criticism."
He refers to problems at the club but also in his private life, with Ronaldo and his partner Georgina Rodriguez announcing the death of their baby boy earlier this year.