Piers Morgan quits GMB latest – Live updates as  Meghan Markle racism row sees host sensationally exit ITV show

Piers Morgan quits GMB latest – Live updates as Meghan Markle racism row sees host sensationally exit ITV show

March 9, 2021

PIERS Morgan has sensationally quit Good Morning Britain following his dramatic row with Alex Beresford.

Piers stormed off set during a huge row with his GMB co-host this morning after being criticised for his reaction to Meghan Markle's bombshell suicide and racism comments during her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Tonight ITV said in a statement: "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."

This morning Alex shared his view on the royals' bombshell Oprah interview, and criticised Piers for his coverage yesterday.

"I understand that you don't like Meghan Markle, you've made it so clear a number of times on this programme. I understand you've got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle, or had one and she cut you off," he said.

"Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don't think she has, but yet you continue to trash her," Alex added.

The comments clearly touched a nerve as Piers dramatically stood up and stormed off set, saying said: "Okay, I'm done with this… I can't do this"

Exasperated Alex responded: "Absolutely diabolical behaviour, I'm sorry but Piers spouts off on a regular basis and we all have to sit here and listen.

Earlier today a petition to sack Piers Morgan from GMB over his comments about Meghan had amassed more than 88,000 signatures.

Follow our Piers Morgan live blog below for the very latest news and updates…

  • Katie Davis

    PIERS QUITS AFTER 41,000 COMPLAINTS LODGED

    Piers Morgan has quit Good Morning Britain after being hit with 41,000 complaints over his comments on Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview.

    Ofcom has launched an investigation following the remarks made on Good Morning Britain yesterday.

    A spokesperson for the media watchdog said: “We have launched an investigation into Monday’s episode of Good Morning Britain under our harm and offence rules.”

  • Katie Davis

    ITV STATEMENT AS PIERS LEAVE GOOD MORNING BRITAIN

    Piers Morgan has left GMB after bosses today held crunch talks.

    ITV said in a statement: "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."

  • Katie Davis

    PIERS QUITS GOOD MORNING BRITAIN

    Piers Morgan has tonight QUIT Good Morning Britain after the show received 41,000 complaints over his comments on Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview.

    The firebrand TV host earlier stormed off the ITV show after becoming engaged in a row.

    The 55-year-old presenter sparked outrage after continuing to slam the former actress, claiming he didn’t believe she was left feeling suicidal.

  • Katie Davis

    GMB BOSSES HOLD CRUNCH TALKS

    Good Morning Britain bosses held a crunch meeting today to discuss whether to boycott coverage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after an explosive episode this morning.

    Producers for the hit show were concerned following a row between host Piers Morgan and weatherman Alex Beresford which saw the 55-year-old storm off set.

    Following the episode, which is expected to have drawn in bumper ratings, an emergency meeting on Zoom was arranged.

    In it, the programme’s top brass discussed how to cover the controversial royal duo following their bombshell chat with Oprah Winfrey.

    The Sun understands former Britain’s Got Talent judge Piers was not present for the online call.

  • Katie Davis

    EPISODE OF GMB BEING INVESTIGATED SMASHED SHOW'S HIGHEST RATINGS

    Monday's episode of Good Morning Britain, which is being investigated by Ofcom, received the show's biggest ever share of viewers.

    The breakfast show is being looked into by the regulator after more than 41,000 complaints were made regarding comments made by Piers Morgan about Meghan Markle.

    The presenter, who hosts the show with Susanna Reid, revealed on Twitter today that yesterday's show received 31 per cent of the share of viewers.

  • Katie Davis

    QUEEN RESPONDS TO BOMBSHELL INTERVIEW

    The “saddened” Queen today responded to Meghan Markle’s race claims her bombshell interview, saying: “Some recollections may vary”.

    Buckingham Palace has finally responded to the tell-all chat that saw Meghan break down in tears as she and Harry revealed the pressures they faced within the Firm.

    The interview was first aired in the US before being broadcast to British TV screens on ITV last night.

  • Katie Davis

    OFCOM RECEIVES THOUSANDS OF COMPLAINTS OVER PIERS

    Ofcom has revealed it has launched an investigation into comments Piers Morgan made about Meghan Markle on Good Morning Britain.

    The breakfast show host said he "didn't believe a word" the Duchess said in her bombshell interview with Oprah.

    More than 41,000 have been lodged with the regulator over Piers' remarks on yesterdays show.

  • Katie Davis

    PIERS ‘UNBOTHERED’ BY CALLS FOR HIM TO BE SACKED

    Piers Morgan seems unconcerned by the public’s calls for him to be sacked and pointed out that he hasn’t been axed yet.

    He tweeted: “Lots of people on here want me fired for expressing my opinion on the Pinocchio Princess.

    “If you want to join them, there are various petitions still doing the rounds from the last few times you’ve all tried, and failed, to have me fired for saying what I think.”

  • Katie Davis

    PIERS CLARIFIES HIS VIEWS ON MENTAL HEALTH

    On today's GMB Piers took a moment to clarify his views on mental health after the backlash.

    He said: "On mental illness and suicide, these are clearly very serious things which should be taken extremely seriously, and if someone is feeling that way they should get the treatment and the help they need every time.

    "And if they belong to an institution like the royal family, they should absolutely be given it. It's not for me to question whether she felt suicidal, I wasn't in her mind and that's for her to say.

    "My real concern was a disbelief, frankly, and I'm prepared to be proven wrong on this and if I am it's a scandal, she went to a senior member of the royal household, told them she was suicidal and was told she could not have any help because it would be a bad look for the family.

    "If that is true, that person should be fired, if they're still there, and the royal family have serious questions to answer about how they handled it."

  • John Hall

    ITV BOSS SPEAKS

    ITV boss Carolyn McCall addressed the backlash today but refused to deny he would lose his job.

    The CEO, who revealed she had very opposing views, said: "We are dealing with that as we speak.”

    When pushed on if he would be sacked, she said: "I’m not making any comments on this."

  • Katie Davis

    MENTAL HEALTH CHARITY CRITICISES PIERS' REMARKS

    Mental health charity Mind has been highly critical of Piers's comments on Meghan Markle and in a statement said it was speaking to ITV about the matter.

    It read: "We were disappointed and concerned to see Piers Morgan's comments on not believing Meghan's experiences about suicidal thoughts.

    "It's vital that when people reach out for support or share their experiences of ill mental health that they are treated with dignity, respect and empathy.

    "We are in conversations with ITV about this at the moment."

  • Katie Davis

    PIERS 'SPOKEN TO' BY ITV BOSS AFTER MEGHAN COMMENTS

    Piers Morgan has been spoken to by ITV boss Kevin Lygo after saying he didn't believe Meghan Markle was suicidal.

    Now ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall has revealed her views are the complete opposite of Piers, and the GMB host has been in constant communication with channel chief Lygo.

    Speaking today, she said: “I completely believe what she [Meghan] said, that the most important thing with mental health that ITV does and is totally committed to, is that we support, we get people to speak up, we listen, we say everyone has to listen and everyone has to believe because that’s how you get people to speak up. So we are very committed to that.

    “We work with Mind and we work with CALM and we work with the whole range of health charities, and we will continue to do so.

    “I haven’t spoken to Piers myself, but I know Kevin Lygo is speaking to him on a regular basis and has done so the last couple of days."

  • Katie Davis

    PRESENTER ADMITS HE IS A 'SNOWFLAKE'

    Piers Morgan admitted that he is a "snowflake" as he revealed he "went for a cool-down" after a tense row with Alex Beresford on Good Morning Britain today.

    Fans at home couldn't believe what they were seeing after Piers stormed off the set – with some accusing the host of being as sensitive as the "snowflakes" he regularly pokes fun at.

    One viewer tweeted: "What a snowflake @piersmorgan turns out to be. If you dish it out, you've got to take it."

    Surprisingly, Piers agreed with the sentiment, replying: "Agreed. I was annoyed, went for a little cool-down, and came back to finish the discussion."

  • John Hall

    PIERS NOT WORRIED

    Piers is unconcerned by the public’s calls and pointed out that he hasn’t been sacked yet.

    He tweeted: “Lots of people on here want me fired for expressing my opinion on the Pinocchio Princess.

    “If you want to join them, there are various petitions still doing the rounds from the last few times you've all tried, and failed, to have me fired for saying what I think.”

  • Katie Davis

    PIERS SAYS STORMING OFF SET WASN'T A STUNT

    Piers Morgan has insisted his storming-off Good Morning Britain today wasn't a stunt – opening up on the "family tensions" on the daytime hit.

    The 55-year-old star stunned viewers this morning when he marched off the set during a debate about Meghan Markle with weatherman Alex Beresford.

    Accused of doing staging the walk-out for ratings by a follower on Twitter, Piers insisted: "No, it was real.

    "But the debate that followed was very strong, so worth a bit of @GMB family tension."

  • John Hall

    SPARKING FURY

    Piers, 55, sparked outrage this week after continuing to slam the former actress, claiming he didn’t believe she was left feeling suicidal.

    A series of petitions, which have previously been created calling for Piers to be axed, once again gathered traction on change.org.

    The biggest one is not far off its 150k target, while another is rapidly rising and asking for an Ofcom investigation.

    It states: “OFCOM need to investigate Piers Morgan for Bullying and Racism towards Meghan Markle and countless other subjects on GMB, and they need to also investigate ITV for supporting his disgusting behaviour.

  • John Hall

    COMPLAINTS FLOOD IN

    PIERS Morgan has been hit with 41,000 complaints over his comments on Meghan Markle's Oprah interview.

    Ofcom has launched an investigation following the remarks made on Good Morning Britain yesterday.

    A spokesperson for the media watchdog said: "We have launched an investigation into Monday's episode of Good Morning Britain under our harm and offence rules."

    Earlier today a petition to sack Piers Morgan from GMB over his comments about Meghan had amassed more than 88,000 signatures.

  • John Hall

    WHY WAS PIERS UPSET?

    Piers and Meghan famously went for a drink in June 2016, around the time that she started dating Prince Harry, but he claims he never heard from her again.

    Alex's remark clearly hit a nerve, with Piers dramatically standing up and saying: "Okay, I'm done with this."

  • Katie Davis

    PIERS SAID HE DIDN'T 'BELIEVE A WORD' MEGHAN SAID

    Piers had no sympathy for Meghan Markle and ranted on the ITV breakfast show Good Morning Britain: "Who did you go to? What did they say to you?

    "I don't believe a word she says, Meghan Markle. I wouldn't believe a weather report if she read it.

    "The fact she has expressed an onslaught against our Royal Family is contemptible."

  • John Hall

    GETTING PERSONAL

    Alex continued to Piers: "I understand that you don't like Meghan Markle, you've made it so clear a number of times on this programme.

    "I understand you've got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle, or had one and she cut you off… She's entitled to cut you off if she wants to.

    "Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don't think she has, but yet you continue to trash her."

  • Katie Davis

    MEGHAN TOLD OPRAH 'I DIDN'T WANT TO BE ALIVE ANYMORE'

    During her tell-all chat with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan revealed she had previously had suicidal thoughts.

    The Duchess of Sussex, 39, said she begged for help but was told she would not be able to seek help as it "wouldn't be good for the institution."

    Breaking down in tears during the interview which aired on CBS on Sunday night and ITV the following evening, Meghan said: "I just didn't see a solution.

    "I didn't want to be alive anymore."

  • John Hall

    WHAT DID ALEX SAY?

    Speaking on GMB this morning, Alex Beresford said "I watched the programme yesterday and yes, they had some great press around the wedding but what press is going to trash someone's special day?

    "There was bad press around the engagement, before the engagement, and everything that has followed since has been incredibly damaging, quite clearly to Meghan's mental health and also to Harry.

    "I hear Piers say that William has gone through the same thing but siblings experience tragedy in their life and one will be absolutely fine and brush it off, and the other will not be able to deal with it so strongly and that is clearly what has happened with Prince Harry in this situation.

    "He walked behind his mother's coffin at a tender, tender age in front of the globe – that is going to shape a young boy for the rest of his life so I think we all need to take a step back."

  • John Hall

    ROW ON AIR

    Before the dramatic argument this morning, Alex spoke calmly about his view on the royals' bombshell Oprah interview, and criticised 55-year-old Piers for his coverage on the breakfast show yesterday.

    But Piers refused to listen, eventually snapping and saying: "I'm not having this" as he left the set.

    The pair were visibly frosty from the off, with the two having a tense exchange at the start of the show when Piers told Alex "hold on, we'll come to you in a sec" after Susanna Reid said that they were going to him for his view on the chat.

  • Katie Davis

    ITV RESPONDS TO CALLS FOR PIERS TO BE SACKED

    ITV boss Carolyn McCall addressed the backlash today but refused to deny he would lose his job.

    The CEO, who revealed she had very opposing views, said: "We are dealing with that as we speak.”

    When pushed on if he would be sacked, she said: "I’m not making any comments on this."

    She also revealed that Piers has been spoken to by ITV programmer Kevin Lygo.

  • Katie Davis

    PIERS 'UNBOTHERED' BY CALLS FOR HIM TO BE SACKED

    Piers Morgan seems unconcerned by the public’s calls for him to be sacked and pointed out that he hasn’t been axed yet.

    He tweeted: “Lots of people on here want me fired for expressing my opinion on the Pinocchio Princess.

    “If you want to join them, there are various petitions still doing the rounds from the last few times you've all tried, and failed, to have me fired for saying what I think.”

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