Piers Morgan CANCELED: Good Morning Britain host quits ITV after storming off set during show on Meghan Markle
“Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain,” read a statement from ITV on Tuesday. “ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add,” the statement concluded.
Morgan’s departure comes after he was mocked, derided, and urged to resign by viewers for storming off the set of the show on Tuesday morning, a day after he launched into a tirade against Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and wife of Prince Harry. During Monday’s diatribe, Morgan said that he doesn’t “believe a word” that Markle said about contemplating suicide during an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday, which he described as “contemptible … bilge.”Also on rt.com Piers Morgan mocked as ‘snowflake’ after storming off his own show amid Meghan Markle row (VIDEO)
Co-presenter Alex Beresford objected on Tuesday to how Morgan “continues to trash” Markle, and asked him if he had a personal grudge against her. Morgan stood up, announced “OK, I’m done with this, sorry, no, can’t do this,” and walked off the set.
While it is unclear whether ITV bosses put Morgan under pressure to resign, his performance on Monday triggered a public outcry, with British media regulator OFCOM receiving more than 41,000 complaints by Tuesday afternoon.
The watchdog announced that it had launched an investigation into Morgan’s comments.Also on rt.com Piers Morgan's skeptical response to Megan Markle 'suicidal' claims investigated by Ofcom after getting 41k complaints
Morgan is no stranger to controversy, and ‘Good Morning Britain’ was the UK’s most complained-about programme last year, after it came under fire for a segment showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Morgan himself has frequently drawn scorn from all sides of the political spectrum. His hardline pro-lockdown comments during the coronavirus pandemic, for example, infuriated the anti-restrictions crowd, and right-wingers were enraged when he apparently ignored his own words and encouraged his son to attend a BLM protest last Summer.
As news of Morgan’s split with ITV broke, commentators and pundits who attacked the contrarian host for his comments celebrated.
Piers Morgan is many things that are repugnant in our world & I’m glad to hear he’s leaving Good Morning Britain. That was way too big a platform for such a toxic & clearly screwed up individual to be influencing millions of people. Children were watching that crap before school.— Sonia Poulton (@SoniaPoulton) March 9, 2021
Meghan Markle and Oprah eating up all the racists this week. Latest lunch? Piers Morgan. Keep going.— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) March 9, 2021
The best part of Piers Morgan getting axed is that this is the last image you will see of him. Just another bully running away when stood up to. pic.twitter.com/hJARrD7c5b— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) March 9, 2021
Amid the discussion, Morgan’s own long-time Twitter bio offered a fitting epitaph to his career on ‘Good Morning Britain’: “One day you're cock of the walk, the next a feather duster.”
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