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.
A show source said: “The row between Alex and Piers got very heated very quickly and after the show, once everyone had taken a bit of a breath, it was dissected in a swiftly-called meeting.
“There were concerns from some that there might be daily reoccurrences of the rows between Piers and Alex if the coverage continues in the days that come.
“They are having a purple patch at the moment on GMB with good ratings and lively debates, but they were worried it crossed a line.
“They decided that they would still cover the duo going forward, but will be watching the reaction both on and off set closely to avoid any more fireworks.”
The row between Alex and Piers flared up after Alex, 40, criticised the star for his coverage on the breakfast show yesterday.
Alex labelled the journalist “diabolical” after he tried to calmly put his views on racism across, before Piers stormed off yelling: “Okay, I’m done with this.”
Making his way to the studio exit, he continued: “Sorry, see you later, 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.
“From 6.30 to 7am yesterday, it was incredibly hard to watch. He has the ability to come in here and talk from a position that he doesn’t fully understand.”
As he trailed off, shocked Susanna said that everybody needed a “break”, as the show cut to advertisements.
It comes as ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall said bosses had “spoken to” Piers about his comments that he did not believe Meghan’s
bombshell claims she was suicidal.
Dame McCall said ITV’s Director of Television Kevin Lygo has had words with Piers behind the scenes.
She said: “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.
In the Oprah chat, Meghan opened up for the first time about feeling
suicidal because of the mounting pressure of her Royal duties.
The ITV guru insisted the broadcaster “listens” and “believes” because it’s “very committed” to getting people to speak up about their struggles.
She said: “I completely believe what she 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.”
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