Piers Morgan has shared that he fully stands by the criticisms he made about Meghan Markle following his departure from Good Morning Britain.
This morning saw the first edition of Good Morning Britain since Piers Morgan's departure. Yesterday ITV shared the news that after working on the show as an anchor for the past 6 years, Piers Morgan would be stepping down from his role on the breakfast programme.
This comes as a result of Morgan's controversial remarks about Meghan Markle following on from hers and Prince Harry's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired in the UK on Monday night on ITV. Piers Morgan's comments about The Dutches of Sussex sparking a wealth of criticism, including over 41,000 Ofcom complaints, one of which was sent in by Meghan herself, after he branded her a liar, expressing that he didn't "believe a word she said" regarding her having suicidal thoughts.
Reports show that the focal point of Markle's complaint about Morgan's comments was regarding the damaging impact his criticism could have on those suffering with mental health issues and the wider effect his words could have on conversations concerning suicide.
It is said that Piers and ITV bosses were in conflict after he refused to apologise for his insensitive remarks which resulted in his departure from Good Morning Britain. A statement from ITV reads "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."
This morning Susana Reid, Morgan's former co-host, shared with viewers that the two "disagreed on many things" labelling him an “outspoken, challenging, opinionated, disruptive Broadcaster". At the end of her announcement she also added that "it is certainly going to be very different, but shows go on and so on we go." However, Susana herself has undergone some backlash from the media after many suggest that she has played things too safe and should of taken the opportunity to call Piers out more directly for his actions.
Since the news of his exit from GMB Piers has confirmed that he still stands by the comments he made about Meghan Markle and whilst right now he is in a "temporary hibernation" he has no doubt he will be back on TV screens soon.
Following on from Piers storming off the Good Morning Britain set on Tuesday morning after the shows Weather Presenter Alex Beresford fired back at Morgan that Meghan had been "entitled to cut you off if she wants to", a clip from an interview between Piers and a Broadcaster from 2018 has resurfaced and spread and across social media.
The video sees Morgan claiming he met with Meghan just hours before she first went on a date with Harry. Morgan claimed the pair had bonded and formed a friendship but since she started to get to know Harry she "ghosted" him and the pair have never spoken again. Many suspect that this could be a driving factor as to why Piers has been so critical towards Meghan in years since.
It seems Piers Morgan is set in his ways in regards to his 'opinions' about Meghan Markle, making a public apology from him anytime soon very unlikely. However, the question on everyones mind now is, who will be Piers Morgans replacement on Good Morning Britain?
Many hopeful that Ranvir Singh, the shows current political editor, will permanently replace Morgan after she stepped in as Susana Reid's co-host on todays show. One fan on Twitter wrote "Great to see two absolute queens, Susanna and Ranvir, presenting Good Morning Britain this morning. Piers who" whilst another said "Ranvir Singh is the perfect replacement for Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain. She's intelligent, incisive and balanced. Susanna will again have the chance to shine after being overshadowed by Piers for so many years."
If you or someone you know is currently struggling with mental health related issues or were affected by any of Piers' comments be sure to check out Mind (Charity) for useful resources and information.