By Deirdre McKeever
Piers Morgan has said he does not regret his comments on ‘Good Morning Britain’ about Meghan Markle following her and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The TV presenter and journalist sparked outrage from 41,000 people who complained to the UK broadcasting regulator after he said he “didn’t believe a word she (Meghan) says,” after Meghan discussed her issues with mental health and suicidal thoughts during the televised chat.
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
On Tuesday, it was announced that Morgan would be leaving Good Morning Britain.
The announcement that Morgan would be leaving the programme came after he stormed off the set of the show earlier in the day following a heated discussion with his colleague, Alex Beresford about the interview.
“So I think we all need to take a step back and I understand you don’t like Meghan Markle, you’ve made it so clear a number of times on this programme, a number of times,” Beresford said during the heated debate.
“And I understand you’ve got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle or you 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 and yet you continue to trash her,” he went on.
At this moment he said: "I’m done with this. See you later. Sorry, I can’t do this," and departed the studio live on air.
Susanna Reid fought back tears on Wednesday's show edition of Good Morning Britain as she presented the show for the first time without Morgan.
The presenter said: “A number of people will, of course, know the news and many of you will not and will be surprised that Piers Morgan is not here this morning.
“Now, Piers and I have disagreed on many things and that dynamic was one of the things that viewers loved about the programme.
“He is, without a doubt, an outspoken, challenging, opinionated, disruptive broadcaster. He has many critics and he has many fans.
“Some of you may cheer and others will boo. He has been my presenting partner, Monday to Wednesday, for more than five years,” Susanna continued.
“And during Brexit and the pandemic and other issues, he has been a voice for many of you and a voice many of you have rallied against.
“It is certainly going to be very different but shows go on and so on we go,” she concluded as she started to become emotional.
It has not been announced who will replace the Life Stories star or if indeed the team will be on rotation to host alongside his former co-star.