Piers Morgan Mocked Those Petitioning to Have Him Fired Over Meghan Markle Rant Before Quitting ‘Good Morning Britain’
One person who had a strong reaction to the interview, particularly what Meghan revealed, was the daytime talk show host Piers Morgan. Following his comments about the duchess there were calls for Morgan to be fired, an investigation was opened, and the TV personality walked off the set before ultimately quitting Good Morning Britain.
Show host mocks those who petitioned for him to be fired
Morgan, who is an outspoken critic of the Duchess of Sussex, didn’t hold back his opinion about what he thought of the interview saying on GMB: “I don’t believe a word [Meghan] says. I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report.” His co-host, Susanna Reid, then weighed in and said his reaction was “pathetic.”
Morgan also mocked online petitions which called to have him ousted from his morning show gig, seemingly confident that it wouldn’t happen.
“Lots of people on here want me fired for expressing my opinion on the Pinocchio Princess,” he tweeted. “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.”
Piers Morgan’s comments about Meghan Markle cause backlash
Deadline reported that on March 9, Morgan walked back his comments telling viewers: “When we talked about this yesterday, I said an all-encompassing thing I still don’t believe what Meghan Markle says generally in this interview and I have serious concerns about the veracity of a lot of what she said. But let me just state my position on mental illness and on suicide.
“On mental illness and suicide, these are clearly extremely serious things and should be taken extremely seriously. And if someone is feeling that way they should get the treatment and the help that they need every time. Every time. And if they belong to an institution like the royal family they should seek that help and be given it. It’s not for me to question if she felt suicidal I am not in her mind and that is for her to say.”
Still, his earlier remarks didn’t go unnoticed and UK’s communications regulator Ofcom launched an investigation.
Morgan quits ‘Good Morning Britain’
Following Ofcom’s announcement, Morgan tweeted a GIF of a clock with the caption “Tick Tock.”
Shortly after the former CNN anchor’s tweet, he quit GMB. A spokesperson 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.”
Morgan has co-hosted the show with Reid on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings since 2015.