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Piers Morgan quits morning show after provocative comments about Meghan Markle over Oprah interview

By CHUCK SMITH Published Mar 10, 2021 3:20 am

Journalist and TV presenter Piers Morgan left the British morning TV show Good Morning Britain after making provocative remarks about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Morgan leaving the show came after Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, received over 41,000 complaints about his attack on Meghan on his morning show on Monday, March 8.

Following this, ITV released a statement saying Morgan “has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain.”

“ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add,” the statement added.

During the Monday, March 8 episode of Good Morning Britain, Morgan clashed with his co-host Susanna Reid and guest, author Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, who were defending Meghan over her Oprah interview.

To recall, Meghan revealed in the interview that she experienced suicidal thoughts while in the royal family. She also said the royal family expressed their concerns about how dark the skin color of their son Archie would be.

“I’m angry to the point of boiling over today. I’m sickened by what I’ve just had to watch,” Morgan said of Prince Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview. He went on to describe the interview as a “ two-hour trash-a-thon of our royal family.”

“They basically make out the entire royal family (as) a bunch of white supremacists by dropping this race bombshell,” he said.

Morgan also said he does not believe a word of what Meghan said when Reid brought up her revelation about having suicidal thoughts while in the royal family.

“I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she says, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report, and the fact that she’s fired up this onslaught against our royal family I think is contemptible,” he said.

On Tuesday, March 9, Beresford defended Meghan and chided Morgan. “I understand that you have a personal relationship with, or had one, and she cut you off,” he said. 

“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 continued.

To this, Morgan walked out of the show, saying: “I’m done with this. See you later. Sorry, can’t do this.”

After Morgan left, Beresford continued: “This is absolutely diabolical behavior. I’m sorry, but Piers spouts off on a regular basis and we all have to sit there and listen.”

He added, “Yesterday was incredibly hard to watch.”

Morgan reacted to this on his Twitter account, saying: “Sure. I just prefer not to sit there listening to colleagues call me diabolical.”

He posted a clip from Good Morning Britain’s March 9 episode, where he clarified his statement about Meghan’s statement about mental illness.

“I still have serious concerns about the veracity of a lot of what she (Meghan) said, but let me just state for the record about my position on mental illness and on suicide. They should be taken extremely seriously and if someone is feeling that way they should get the treatment and help that they need every time, and if they belong to an institution like the royal family and they go and seek that help they should absolutely be given it,” he said.

“My real concern was a disbelief, frankly… that she went to a senior member of the royal household, told them she was suicidal and was told she could not have any help because it would be a bad look for the family,” Morgan added.

On Wednesday, March 10, Morgan took to Twitter to further qualify his statement. “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,” he said.