Piers Morgan has left ITV’s Good Morning Britain following a row over comments he made about the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.
The announcement comes after broadcasting regulator Ofcom launched an investigation after it received more than 41,000 complaints regarding comment made by the presenter following Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
In a statement, the broadcaster said:
“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 Duchess of Sussex opened up about her suicidal thoughts during her time in the Royal Family in a deeply personal and explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey. Meghan said she got to the stage where she “just didn’t want to be alive anymore.”
On Monday’s show, Morgan said he “didn’t believe a word” the duchess had told Oprah Winfrey in an interview
His departure followed an on-air clash with weather presenter Alex Beresford, who criticised Morgan on Tuesday for “continuing to trash” the duchess, prompting Morgan to walk off set. He returned
Mental health charity Mind said it was “disappointed” by Morgan’s comments on Monday, which sparked 41,000 complaints – leading to the Ofcom investigation.
Morgan has not commented on his departure beyond posting a gif on Twitter of a ticking clock.