LONDON: Mr Piers Morgan has left ITV’s Good Morning Britain following a row over comments he made about the Duchess of Sussex.
It brings the controversial host’s time on the breakfast show to an end after six years. Mr Morgan has presented Good Morning Britain since 2015.
ITV announced the decision after Ofcom said it was investigating his comments after receiving 41,000 complaints.
On Monday’s show, Mr Morgan said he “didn’t believe a word” the duchess had told Oprah Winfrey in an interview. They were friends up until Ms Meghan Markle decided to end her friendship with Mr Morgan.
In a statement issued by ITV spokesperson, “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.”
His departure followed an on-air clash with weather presenter Mr Alex Beresford, who criticised Mr Morgan on Tuesday for “continuing to trash” the duchess, prompting Mr Morgan to walk offset. He returned within 10 minutes.
Also on Tuesday, ITV chief executive Ms Dame Carolyn McCall said she “completely believed what [the duchess] says”, adding that ITV is “totally committed to” mental health.
Mental health charity Mind, which is a partner with ITV on its Britain Get Talking campaign, also criticised Mr Morgan, saying it was “disappointed” by the presenter’s comments.
Mr Morgan is yet to comment on his departure from the station however. Meanwhile, the Palace has since issued a three line statement following Mr Markle’s bombshell.
It said: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately,” reads the statement.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members,” the statement concluded.