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Piers Morgan is leaving ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” newscast after encountering backlash over comments he made on Meghan Markle on Monday.
The news comes shortly after UK broadcaster Ofcom said it was investigating Morgan after more than 41,000 people complained.
“After talking to ITV, Piers Morgan has decided that now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain,” the network said in a statement on Tuesday. “ITV accepted this decision and nothing more to add.”
Just hours earlier, Morgan was called by co-host Alex Beresford on Good Morning Britain for his behavior towards the Duchess of Sussex. Beresford said Morgan has been relentlessly critical of Meghan over the past few years, citing Morgan’s recent comments questioning Meghan’s truthfulness when she spoke about her suicidal thoughts.
The incident in the air caused Morgan to walk off the set.
Morgan’s recent comments on Meghan relate to an explosive interview she and Prince Harry gave Oprah Winfrey that aired in the US on Sunday and in the UK on Monday. More than 17.1 million people in the US have tuned in to the event and more than 12 million viewers have watched the broadcast in the UK, according to ITV Tuesday.
The interview delved into the reasons the couple had decided to leave England and break away from their royal duties. Meghan and Harry brought up what they said was a lack of support Meghan received when she went to the palace about mental health issues, the denial of security protection for the family, and the concerns of some kings about how the skin tone of their son Archie would be if he did it once was born.
Queen Elizabeth said Tuesday the royal family would address allegations of racism at Buckingham Palace by Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex.
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