• An audio released by Trump's communications director recorded Morgan laughing with and thanking the former president
  • Budowich slammed Morgan for stretching the supposed 20-minute interview to more than an hour
  • Budowich accused the producers of Morgan's show of using Trump to revive the broadcaster's career

Former President Donald Trump’s communications director has released an audio recording that appears to refute reports suggesting he walked out of an interview with Piers Morgan.

Talk TV, which debuts Monday, recently teased the interview between Morgan and Trump, with a video titled, “Donald Trump Walks Out On Piers Morgan.” The video showed Trump asking the crew to stop filming as he rose out of his chair after the English broadcaster pushed him about his 2020 electoral defeat.

“Very dishonest,” Trump was captured saying.

However, the former president’s communications director Taylor Budowich released an audio recording where the two men appeared to be laughing and thanking each other.

"That was a great interview," Morgan said, according to the audio recording obtained by NBC News. “Thank you very much. I really appreciate it.”

Budowich said Trump rose from his seat after Morgan thanked him and instructed the crew to turn the camera off. The former president’s communications director accused the show’s producers of deceptively splicing the footage to make it appear as if Trump asked the crew to stop filming while he was storming out in anger.

The communications director also said Trump made the “very deceptive” comment after Morgan repeatedly dragged out the interview even after saying he only had one question left to ask. The interview, which Trump’s team expected to last only 20 minutes, stretched to more than an hour.

“This is a pathetic attempt to use President Trump as a way to revive the career of a failed television host," Budowich said. "It is also another example of President Trump being right, as he told Piers Morgan that the host was dishonest to his face and Piers, for the first time in his life, didn’t disappoint.”

The interview comes after Morgan and Trump had a tense meeting at the former president’s residence in Mar-a-Lago. In an op-ed for The New York Post, Morgan said Trump received a list of comments that the British host said about him over the past two years. The list of quotes included Morgan saying that Trump was responsible for the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, and said he was wrong about his claims that the 2020 election was rife with voter fraud.

Morgan said he was able to redirect their talk to golf and have Trump agree to still do the interview.

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Pictured: Piers Morgan attends the National Television Awards on January 25, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. Getty Images/Jeff Spicer