On Tuesday, British television host Piers Morgan shocked the world when he stormed off the set of his show “Good Morning Britain” after he was attacked for criticizing Meghan Markle, and hours later, it was revealed that he had quit the show.
Now, it’s been revealed that Morgan quit after Meghan lodged a formal complaint about him with ITV.
Entertainment Tonight reported that Morgan had responded on his show to Meghan’s tell-all interview with Oprah by saying, “I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she says, Meghan Markle.” Some saw this as controversial, given the fact that in the interview, Meghan had opened about racism and how she allegedly felt suicidal as a royal.
CNN reported that Meghan’s complaint was about the impact that Morgan’s comments could have on others, rather than on feeling personally attacked herself.
Objective reporting for the educated American.
“Good Morning Britain” went off the rails on Tuesday when Morgan stormed off the set as his cohost Alex Beresford defended Meghan, and said that Morgan should not be attacking her.
“I understand that you don’t like Meghan Markle. You’ve made it so clear a number of times on this program, and I understand that you had a personal relationship with Meghan Markle and she cut you off,” Beresford said. “Has she said anything about you after she cut you off? She’s entitled to cut you off if she wants to. And yet you continue to trash her.”
That’s when Morgan had enough and stormed off while Beresford continued to call his behavior “diabolical.”
Piers Morgan just walked off the Good Morning Britain set (!!!) after co-presenter Alex Beresford defended Harry and Meghan and condemned Piers' treatment of them in yesterday's programming pic.twitter.com/mH75J8ND4O
— Chris Rickett (@chrisrickett) March 9, 2021
Hours later, ITV released a statement saying, “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.”
Morgan, however, made it clear on Twitter that he has no intention of backing down.
“On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview,” he tweeted on Tuesday night. “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.”
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
Morgan has since gotten the support of his fellow British television personality Sharon Osbourne, who tweeted, “@piersmorgan I am with you. I stand by you. People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth.”
. @piersmorgan I am with you. I stand by you. People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth.
— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) March 9, 2021
Morgan has long not been a fan of Meghan’s and has spoken out to question her behavior since long before this interview took place.