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Piers Morgan, one of Britain’s harshest critics of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, resigned as co host of “Good Morning Britain” television show, ITV announced on Tuesday, following a flood of complaints to a British media watchdog.
Morgan stormed off the set Tuesday and quickly returned after a colleague challenged Morgan over why he seemed to always “trash” Meghan.
On Monday morning’s broadcast, Morgan said he “didn’t believe a word” Meghan told Oprah Winfrey in her interview alleging mistreatment by Buckingham Palace, specifically her assertion that she felt suicidal and was offered no help. Morgan also questioned whether the comments made about the skin color of biracial Meghan’s unborn child were necessarily racist.
An ITV spokesperson said: “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.”
Americans remember Morgan from his talk show on CNN he took over the time slot previously filled by the veteran host Larry King. From that perch, he took on the U.S. gun lobby and campaigned for stricter gun-control laws. But his CNN show was canceled after ratings declined.
Morgan co-hosted “Good Morning Britain” for six years. He had morphed into a spokesman for the anti-Meghan crowd, saying things that many won’t on his show, in his newspaper column and in his fiery Twitter feed, in which he retweets attacks and hurls firebombs at his critics.
His show Monday was filled with criticism of Meghan and Prince Harry, and Morgan contended that their interview with Winfrey had been an insult to Queen Elizabeth II and the institution of the monarchy.
On Tuesday, presenter Alex Beresford challenged him on his animosity toward Meghan.“I understand you don’t like Meghan Markle. You made it so clear a number of times,” Beresford said. He then said he understood that Meghan had once known Morgan and cut off her relationship with him.“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,” Beresford added.“Okay, I’m done with this,” said Morgan, who then stalked off. Beresford called his behavior “diabolical.” Morgan returned after a commercial.
Morgan addressed those concerns Tuesday, saying he had doubts about the veracity of the overall interview but stressing that “mental illness and suicide are extremely serious things and should be taken extremely seriously. “My real concern was a disbelief frankly and I’m prepared to be proven wrong on this and if I’m wrong, it is a scandal that she went to a senior member of the royal household and told them she was suicidal and was told she could not have any help because it would be a bad look for the family.“If that is true . . . that person should be fired, and the royal family have serious questions that need to be answered,” he said.
Britain’s television watchdog Ofcom announced Tuesday that it had launched an investigation into Morgan’s comments, related to “harm and offense rules.” The Monday edition of “Good Morning Britain” received more than 41,000 complaints.