Piers Morgan stormed off Good Morning Britain after co-host Alex Beresford criticized him for his commentary on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The criticism comes shortly after the couple appeared in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
It was later announced that we was quitting the morning chat show. “Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain,” ITV said in a short statement. “ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”
Earlier in the day, Morgan walked off the Good Morning Britain set after he was skewered by a co-host for his criticism of Prince Harry and Meghan.
During the interview with Oprah, Meghan said she “didn’t want to be alive anymore” and had contemplated suicide while pregnant with her son Archie. She said the royal family had told her she couldn’t seek help because “it wouldn’t be good for the institution.”
On Monday (Mar. 08, 2021)’s edition of Good Morning Britain, Morgan questioned whether the Duchess was being truthful about having suicidal thoughts. His comments sparked a huge controversy in Britain, and he was rebuked by mental health charity Mind.
Morgan, who hosted a show on CNN from 2011 to 2014, faced criticism from his own colleague on Tuesday (Mar. 09, 2021).
“I understand that you [Morgan] don’t like Meghan Markle, you’ve made it so clear a number of times on this program,” said Good Morning Britain co-host Alex Beresford. “And I understand that you’ve got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle, or had one and she cut you off,” he added.
“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 said.
At that point, Morgan got up and, while walking off the set, said, “Okay, I’m done with this, sorry, no, sorry… see you later, sorry, can’t do this.”
Commenting on the exchange, Beresford tweeted, I wish I had the privilege to sit on the fence. In order for me to do that I would have to strip myself of my identity and that’s not something I can do. It’s not any of our places to pick apart claims of racism in order to make us to feel more comfortable. ❤️
On Wednesday (Mar. 10, 2021), Morgan doubled down on his stance and said that he “still” does not believe Meghan. “I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t [believe her],” Morgan tweeted. “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.”
So let us all, especially those across the pond who have had to endure Piers Morgan every morning, give a big thanks and round of appreciation for the very, very fit Alex Beresford.