Legendary broadcaster Piers Morgan has left his role at Good Morning Britain after talks with ITV, the station has confirmed.
“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.”
The decision comes in the wake of backlash against the host for his criticism of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex over the last two days – which was more in line with public opinion on the couple than the fawning and uncritical coverage of liberal commentators.
Morgan revealed this morning that the edition had “smashed our all-time highest ratings”, garnering a 31% audience share and closing the gap as tightly as ever with the BBC’s juggernaut Breakfast show.
His remarks sparked rebukes from a number of sources including the mental health charity Mind, who said yesterday that they were “disappointed and concerned” by Morgan’s comments.
They also provoked upwards of 41,000 complaints to the broadcasting regulator Ofcom.
An dispute with weatherman Alex Beresford saw Morgan storm off the set this morning, but the TV pro returned to finish the discussion with his GMB colleague.
Later on the broadcast, he conducted a world exclusive interview with Meghan Markle’s father Thomas, who defended Britain from charges of racism and discussed how he hadn’t seen his daughter in four years.
This website reported yesterday how Morgan had taken to Twitter before his regular slot on the morning news show Good Morning Britain to brand the interview “contemptible” and declare it “an absolutely disgraceful betrayal of the Queen and the Royal Family.”
New polling shows that Morgan was in tune with the public mood, with most Brits expressing little or no sympathy for the couple despite their emotional and revealing interview with American chat show celeb Oprah Winfrey.