Piers Morgan Quits Show After Walking Off Set

He's done with 'Good Morning Britain' amid bickering over Meghan Markle interview
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2021 10:55 AM CST
Updated Mar 9, 2021 1:11 PM CST

Piers Morgan stormed off the set of ITV's Good Morning Britain on Tuesday after taking flak for his continued criticism of Meghan Markle. And it appears the split is permanent: The network announced later in the day that Morgan has decided to leave the show, and ITV "has accepted this decision," per Deadline. No other details were provided. Before he walked off, the co-hosts were discussing the interview Markle and Prince Harry gave to Oprah Winfrey. Morgan, reiterating points he made on Monday, made clear that he disagreed with almost everything the couple said. For example, he claimed it was a lie the couple's son had been denied a royal title because of the color of his skin. Alex Beresford, born of a white mother and a Black father, countered, "I don't feel that you are a racist," but "what this is really about is the fact that you don't like Meghan Markle."

Beresford suggested Morgan held a grudge because Markle and Morgan once had a personal relationship, but "she cut you off," per CNN. "OK, I'm done with this," Morgan said, walking off set, though he later returned, per the Guardian. Morgan also took flak for comments he made Monday suggesting he didn't believe Markle was really suicidal, as she claimed in the interview. His comments on her mental health generated more than 40,000 complaints, per Deadline. Speaking Tuesday, Morgan said that while he doubted much of what Markle said about the monarchy, "it's not for me to question if she felt suicidal." Prior to the controversy over Tuesday's show, ITV CEO Carolyn McCall told Reuters that a senior executive had spoken to the former CNN anchor about his comments. (The palace has broken its silence about the interview.)

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