Piers Morgan has stormed the set of his own morning show in the UK after a colleague called him out for his rants against Meghan Markle and Prince Harry following their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Morgan, the ITV host Hello Brittanywas called out by the show’s meteorologist Alex Beresford for his lonely tirade against the Sussexes on Monday, particularly against Markle, and how badly the America’s Got Talent the judge dismissed mental health issues and suicidal ideation.
Beresford then opened up about Morgan’s previous relationship with Markle, suggesting he was somewhat obsessed, which led to his dramatic exit from the set. “I understand you don’t like Meghan Markle, you’ve made that so clear many times on this program, many times,” Beresford said.
He continued: “And I understand that you have a personal relationship with Meghan Markle – or you had one, and she cut you off. She has the right to interrupt you if she wants to. She said something thing about you since she interrupted you? I don’t think she has, and yet you keep trashing her.
Morgan then said, “I’m done with that. See you later” and “Sorry, I can’t do that”, as he headed out of the studio. Speaking to his colleagues, Beresford added: “Absolutely evil behaviour. I’m sorry, but Piers speaks regularly and we all need to sit down and listen. … It’s incredibly hard to watch.
Piers Morgan has just walked off the set of Good Morning Britain (!!!) after co-presenter Alex Beresford defended Harry and Meghan and condemned Piers’ treatment of them on yesterday’s lineup pic.twitter.com/mH75J8ND4O
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On Monday’s episode of Hello Brittany, Morgan opened the show by repeatedly suggesting that Prince Harry had “sprayed” his family with the tell-all interview and that it was “so unfair”. “He sprayed his whole family on world television while Prince Philip is in hospital,” Morgan said, adding, “I see right through them” and that “Prince Charles has been funding this couple for five years.”
Morgan continued, “America is trashing our country and trashing our monarchy now.”
However, he focused most of his contempt on Markle, repeatedly accusing the Duchess of lying, acting and playing the victim, as well as downplaying her claims of mental anguish and racism. On Tuesday’s show, Morgan also planned to speak with Markle’s estranged father.
The network announced Tuesday that Morgan will be leaving the show.
“Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan decided it was time to leave Hello Brittany“, ITV said in a statement. “ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.
Morgan’s obsessive vitriol has caused a huge backlash on social media as well as a wave of complaints to UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom. Mental health charity Mind also said it would speak to ITV about Morgan’s behaviour.
Beresford’s allusion to Morgan’s history with Markle stems from the fact that the two Twitter DMs exchanged and met for a ‘date’ in a pub in 2015. Speaking on a irish late night The late showMorgan gave her version of events: “We spent two hours in the pub, she drank a few dirty martinis and pints – we got along brilliantly.”
He added: “Then I put her in a taxi, and it turns out it was the taxi that took her to a party where she met Prince Harry. The next night they had a I dined solo and that was the last I heard of Meghan Markle. I haven’t heard from her since. Meghan Markle ghosted me!
During ITV’s earnings conference call with reporters on Tuesday, CEO Carolyn McCall was asked about Markle and Prince Harry’s interview and Morgan’s controversial reaction. “I completely believe what she’s saying,” McCall said when asked about Markle’s comments about suicidal thoughts, adding that ITV is “totally committed” to mental health and “everyone” needs to listen and believe people facing challenges.
“I haven’t spoken to Piers myself,” but Kevin Lygo, ITV’s managing director of media and entertainment, had, McCall added. “I know Kevin Lygo speaks to him regularly and has done so for the past few days.” Asked about Morgan’s exit from the ITV morning show on Tuesday, she replied: .
Nonetheless, the CEO argued that Tuesday’s show was “very balanced” and tried to achieve ITV’s aim of representing “many voices”. When asked if Morgan’s reaction was part of media theatre, she replied that there was “nothing fabricated” there.
“Piers is a freelance presenter for ITV,” McCall said when pressed about the host’s Twitter feed, adding, “We have absolutely no say or control” over his Twitter. “It’s his personal account.”
His comments on ITV shows, however, are “different”, McCall said, which is why “Kevin Lygo discusses it with Piers”, she acknowledged. McCall added that Morgan on Tuesday morning “qualified” his comments about Markle, saying he generally doesn’t believe her, but does believe her comments about suicidal thoughts.
When asked if Morgan would lose her job at ITV over this issue or if she supported it, McCall replied: ‘We are dealing with that as we speak’ and ‘I am not commenting on that. “
March 9, 11 a.m.: Updated with news of Morgan’s departure.