Piers Morgan Quits ‘Good Morning Britain’ Amid Backlash Over Meghan Remarks
Piers Morgan, British broadcaster, has stepped down as host of ‘Good Morning Britain’, a breakfast show on ITV, following controversial comments he made about Megan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.
According to BBC, ITV’s spokesperson broke the news on Tuesday, explaining that the media personality notified the organisation of his resignation.
“Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain. ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add,” the company’s spokesperson said.
The development comes hours after Monday’s show which witnessed a face-off between Morgan and Alex Beresford, fellow presenter.
Morgan had during the show expressed his reservations over Meghan’s revelations when she featured in a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The 55-year-old had stated that he “didn’t believe a word” of what the Duchess of Sussex told Oprah during the interview.
“I don’t believe a word she says, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe it if she read me a weather report, and the fact that she fired up this onslaught against our royal family I think is contemptible,” Morgan had said.
Beresford, however, took a contrary stance, saying: “I understand that you’ve got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle or had one and she cut you off. She’s entitled to cut you off if she wants to. Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don’t think she has, but yet you continue to trash her.”
This had resulted in an intense exchange between the duo which saw Morgan walked off set and returned about ten minutes later.
The incident has also sparked a plethora of criticism with over 41,000 people calling out Morgan and ITV leading to an Ofcom investigation.
Morgan is yet to comment on his resignation on social media as of the time of this report.
He, however, shared a gif showing a ticking clock on his Twitter page shortly after news of the development broke.
His resignation comes after hosting the show for about six years.