Piers Morgan out at ‘Good Morning Britain’ after Meghan Markle comments

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Piers Morgan is departing “Good Morning Britain” on ITV, the network confirmed March 9, 2021, the same day he walked off the show’s set after co-host Alex Beresford called him out over his comments about Meghan Markle.

The comments came after Oprah Winfrey aired an exclusive interview with Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, on Sunday, March 7, 2021, in the U.S. ITV licensed the interview in the U.K.

Morgan discussed the interview on both Monday, March 8, 2021, and March 9’s shows.

March 8’s newscast included him questioning whether Markle’s claims of having suicidal thoughts were true or not, comments he since tried to backtrack on.

Those comments sparked an investigation under the network’s “harm and offence rules.”

On March 9, Beresford called Morgan out on air about his alleged past with Markle.

“I understand that you don’t like Meghan Markle, you’ve made it so clear a number of times on this program and I understand that you’ve got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle, or had one and she cut you off,” said Beresford.

“Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don’t think she has, but yet you continue to trash her,” he added before Morgan walked off the set.

Later the day, reports emerged that Morgan’s exit would be permanent.

“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 network said in a statement.

Morgan did not respond to requests for comment from news organizations around the world.

ITV is a commercial broadcaster, unlike its counterpart BBC, which receives public funding, but is still regulated by the Office of Communications, commonly known as “Ofcom,” the U.K.’s regularity and competition authority that has authority over broadcasters in the country.

Ofcom reported received over 40,000 complaints from the public over Morgan’s comments.

Morgan has co-hosted “Good Morning Britain” since 2015.

He worked for CNN’s U.S. based network from 2010 to 2014, taking over the spot vacated by Larry King.