On Tuesday, March 9, Piers Morgan walked off the set of Good Morning Britain. His exit came after co-presenter Alex Beresford defended Prince Harry and Meghan while condemning Piers’ treatment of them on the show. However, Morgan later said that he stands by his criticism of Meghan.
Piers Morgan storms off the set of Good Morning Britain
The ITV announced on Tuesday that Piers Morgan has left GMB after his disparaging comments against Meghan Markle in her interview with Oprah Winfrey. Morgan had said he “he didn’t believe a word” that Markle said in the viral interview.
On Wednesday morning, co-presenter Susanna Reid addressed Morgan’s exit from the morning show. She said she had disagreed with his comments, but added, “Shows go on.” Ranvir Singh took over Morgan’s GMB chair on Wednesday morning. He said, “We don’t call him Marmite for nothing.” So far, it is unknown who will be Morgan’s permanent replacement on the ITV morning show.
Meanwhile, Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, is investigating his comments after receiving 41,000 complaints from the general public.
ITV said in a statement: “Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain.” Their statement continued, “ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”
Piers Morgan still doesn’t believe Meghan Markle
As Wednesday’s show was about to start, Morgan sent a tweet. He wrote, “On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t.”
On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t. If you did, OK. Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on. Thanks for all the love, and hate. I’m off to spend more time with my opinions. pic.twitter.com/bv6zpz4Roe
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 10, 2021
Sharing an image and quote by Winston Churchill, Morgan added, “Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on.” He closed, writing, “Thanks for all the love, and hate. I’m off to spend more time with my opinions.”
Piers Morgan just walked off the Good Morning Britain set (!!!) after co-presenter Alex Beresford defended Harry and Meghan and condemned Piers' treatment of them in yesterday's programming pic.twitter.com/mH75J8ND4O
— Chris Rickett (@chrisrickett) March 9, 2021
On Tuesday morning’s Good Morning Britain, Piers stormed off the set following a discussion with his co-presenter Alex Beresford relating to Markle. His stormy departure can be seen in a clip from the show, included above.
Piers Morgan exit from ITV ‘amicable’
Speaking to the BBC outside his London home this morning, Morgan described his exit from the show as “amicable.” He added, “I had a good chat with ITV and we agreed to disagree.”
Morgan explained that he believes in freedom of speech and believes in the right to be allowed to have an opinion. He said, if people want to believe Markle, this is entirely their right.
However, he continued by repeating that he doesn’t believe anything that comes out of Markle’s mouth. Morgan believes the damage she has done to the British monarchy and to the Queen is “enormous and frankly contemptible.” He added that this came at a time when Prince Philip is lying in the hospital.
Piers also said that if he has to fall on his sword for expressing an honestly held opinion about Meghan Markle and “that diatribe of bilge that she came out with in that interview, so be it.” Morgan added that he thinks it is fair to say, although the woke crowd will think they have canceled him, they will be “rather disappointed” when he re-emerges.
Morgan called his absence from TV “a temporary hibernation.” He said he was “always in talks with people” about work. However, it should be noted that this quote is featured on his Twitter bio, “One day you’re cock of the walk, the next a feather duster” – Margot Barber.
Oprah with Meghan and Harry
The controversy comes from the much-lauded interview between Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The CBS special aired on Sunday in the US and on ITV in the UK. Throughout the high-viewership interview, Meghan spoke of her suicidal thoughts.
Markle also accused someone in the royal household of racism over her son Archie. Meanwhile, Harry spoke of his father, Prince Charles, refusing to accept his phone calls. He also said the royal family cut them off financially.