Piers Morgan latest – Ex GMB host blasts Meghan Markle AGAIN attacking her Oprah racism claims after quitting ITV show

Piers Morgan latest – Ex GMB host blasts Meghan Markle AGAIN attacking her Oprah racism claims after quitting ITV show

PIERS Morgan has doubled down on his criticism of Meghan Markle branding her claims 'contemptible'.

The GMB host sensationally quit last night after refusing to publicly apologise for making a widely criticised statement that he didn't believe a word Meghan said during her controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Speaking to Sky News from his home in London this morning, Morgan said: "I don't believe almost anything that comes out of her mouth and I think the damage she's done to the British monarchy and to the Queen at a time when Prince Philip is lying in hospital is enormous and frankly contemptible.

"If I have to fall on my sword for expressing an honestly-held opinion about Meghan Markle and that diatribe of bilge that she came out with in that interview, so be it."

Ranvir Singh is filling in for Piers on GMB this morning, with an emotional-looking Susanna Read admitting that although she often disagreed with Piers, he will be missed.

Ranvir said that she was glad to be there to support Susanna throughout today’s episode as his replacement, adding: “It can’t be easy”.

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

Last night 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."

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

  • Joseph Gamp

    DID THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX SUBMIT FORMAL COMPLAINT AGAINST PIERS?

    It's today been reported that the Duchess of Sussex submitted a formal complaint about Piers after his comments aired.

    His bosses have refused to deny suggestions the pregnant royal contacted them to blast the presenter.

    A spokesperson told the Telegraph: “ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add."

    Piers brought an immediate end to his six-year stint on the show last night when he decided to walk rather than apologise to Meghan.

    ITV bought the rights to the Oprah interview for a rumoured £1million and its news anchor Tom Bradby also secured an interview with the couple during their Africa tour in October 2019.

  • Joseph Gamp

    BBC'S DAN WALKER OFFERS PIERS TO COME AND TALK ON 'THE UK'S NUMBER ONE BREAKFAST SHOW'

    Piers' rival on BBC Breakfast Dan Walker said: "Sorry to hear the news about your departure from GMB @piersmorgan.

    "If you’d like to come on the UK’s number 1 breakfast show to talk about it… we could make some space for you in the morning".

    It comes after the pair engaged in a heated war of words on Twitter before Piers sensationally quit.

    Piers resigned after senior execs said they wanted him to say sorry on air following his heated clash with the show’s weatherman Alex Beresford, 40, over Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    Alex criticised for his reaction to Meghan's claims she contemplated suicide and was racially abused by the royal family.

  • Joseph Gamp

    IN PICTURES: SMILING PIERS MORGAN TAKES HIS DAUGHTER TO SCHOOL

    He chatted with photographers with his daughter Elise
    Piers dressed down in trainers as he chatted to the Press

     

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHEN DID PIERS START HOSTING GMB?

    Piers began hosting Good Morning Britain alongside Susanna Reid in October 2015, and is well-known for his brash interview style.

    His hard questioning of MPs during the Covid pandemic saw ministers avoid the popular morning show.

    Susanna recently told The Times how when she was told 18 months into her job on GMB that Piers would be her co-presenter she took off her microphone as a precaution and said:  “Do you know what you are doing?”

    She added: “Piers Morgan is like sitting next to a pincushion. We do fight like Punch and Judy, verbally. We’re sparring all the time. You say he takes up more of the oxygen, but I use my chunk of time, I hope, very wisely.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    BEN SHEPHARD 3/1 FAVOURITE TO REPLACE PIERS MORGAN

    Bookmaker Star Sports has made Ben Shephard the 3/1 favourite to replace the outgoing Piers Morgan as Good Morning Britain host.

    Morgan left the morning TV show tonight following comments regarding the Royal Family and Meghan Markle, and rumours suggest Shephard, who has previously filled in when needed, could quickly fill the role.

    Next in the betting is another often used replacement for Morgan in the shape of Adil Ray, who is 6/1 to take the position.

    In a separate market, Star Sports are offering 6/4 for Morgan to sign a contract with GB News in 2021, 4/1 to return to Good Morning Britain as the permanent host this year and 25/1 to appear on the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.

    Luke Tarr of Star Sports said: “Ben Shephard looks to be a strong candidate to replacement Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain at 3/1, with Adil Ray next in the betting at 6/1. As for Morgan’s next move, signing a contract with GB News is looking more likely than him practising his foxtrot under the Glitterball.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    PIERS MORGAN NEWS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

    • The TV firebrand yesterday stormed off the show after snapping at Alex "I'm not having this"
    • Ofcom received a whopping 41,000 complaints over his handling of Meghan and Harry's interview with Oprah
    • Celebrity pals including Gary Linekar and Sharon Osborne have stood by him
    • Susanna Reid paid an emotional tribute to her 'outspoken and disruptive' co-star this morning
    • Ranvir Singh said the complaints about Piers "had to be taken seriously"

    MEGHAN MARKLE ‘MAY HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT PIERS MORGAN TO ITV’

    Meghan Markle may have submitted a formal complaint to ITV before Piers Morgan sensationally quit after refusing to apologise, reports claim.

    The 55-year-old stepped down from Good Morning Britain last night after senior execs wanted him to say sorry on air following his heated clash with the show’s weatherman Alex Beresford over the Duchess.

    And this morning he doubled down on his decision – tweeting: "Freedom of speech is a hill I'm happy to die on."

    Now it's emerged that he might have been confronted by chiefs after the broadcaster was contacted by Meghan.

    Read more here.

    PIERS MORGAN LAUGHS AS HE LEAVES HOME WITH HIS DAUGHTER ELISE AFTER QUITTING GOOD MORNING BRITAIN

    PIERS Morgan laughed as he was pictured for the first time since quitting Good Morning Britain and standing by his comments over Meghan Markle.

    The 55-year-old looked in good spirits as he left his London home with his daughter Elise.

    Read more here.

    BEYONCE'S MOTHER TINA KNOWLES CRITICISES PIERS MORGAN OVER MEGHAN COMMENTS

    Tina Knowles, the mother of pop superstar Beyonce, criticised Piers Morgan overnight.

    She wrote on Instagram: "So Piers Morgan stormed off because he can dish it out but he can’t take it!!!! ‘Is he 5 years old or what!!!!!!!

    "No concern for Archie whatsoever!!! Looks to me like he’s saying 'how dare this black man reprimand me. On national TV. Only I can do that. I can drag Meghan but you cannot call me out!!!'"

    She continued: "Morgan has always felt superior White and British at that!!! !!! He has always felt his White privilege!!

    "He is showing his true colours literally!!!!"

    A post shared by Tina Knowles (@mstinalawson)

    • Joseph Gamp

      PIERS MORGAN'S COMMENTS WERE CRITICISED BY MENTAL HEALTH CHARITY

      Morgan's comments on Monday were criticised by mental health charity Mind.

      The journalist appeared unconcerned by the public’s calls and pointed out that he hasn’t been sacked yet in an earlier tweet.

      He said: “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.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      WHAT DID PIERS SAY ABOUT MEGHAN ON GMB?

      After the Meghan interview aired on CBS on Sunday night, Piers took to GMB on Monday morning with some harsh words for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

      Morgan, 55, repeatedly made dismissive comments about Meghan’s claims to have had issues with her mental health during the show.

      She told Oprah Winfrey she felt like she “didn’t want to be alive anymore” in her bombshell interview.

      But on Monday’s GMB, Morgan said he “didn’t believe a word” of it.

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      ITV STATEMENT ON PIERS LEAVING GOOD MORNING BRITAIN

      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."

      The dramatic move came less than an hour after Ofcom announced it would launch a probe into his Meghan remarks.

    • Joseph Gamp

      FANS SPEAK OUT IN DEFENCE OF PIERS MORGAN

      Fans have spoken out about his exit, with some celebrating his departure and others mourning the loss to morning TV.

      One person said: " Well I'm devastated for you! I love a good debate in the mornings and usually agree with you. good luck"

      A second said: "Nooooo…. you can’t resign… I agreed with everything you said, it will not be the same without you…."

    • Joseph Gamp

      TRANSPORT SECRETARY GRANT SHAPPS SAYS HE WILL MISS 'FAIR' BROADCASTER PIERS MORGAN AFTER PRESENTER'S GMB EXIT

      Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says he will miss ‘fair’ broadcaster Piers Morgan after presenter’s GMB exit

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      ITV SOURCE RECALLS STAND OFF WHEN PIERS REFUSED TO APOLOGISE

      The ITV source continued: “When he refused to apologise, there was a stand-off. And ultimately it ended with him telling producers he would not host the show anymore.

      “His contract was coming to an end this year anyway, but he said he wouldn’t do the job unless it was on his terms.

      “The growing pressure from building Ofcom complaints and a swell of anger on social media gave bosses no choice but to try and get him to apologise.

      “Unfortunately there were also a lot of concerns raised with the GMB production team too.

      “Charity Mind also expressed their concerns to senior execs at ITV saying it clashes with their campaign.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      SUSANNA REID WAS 'SEEN IN TEARS YESTERDAY' FOLLOWING HEATED MEETING AT ITV

      Susanna was seen in tears yesterday after a series of heated meetings at ITV’s studios in Television Centre, West London.

      Bosses for the channel – which included Director of Television Kevin Lygo – were said to have buckled under the pressure of mounting criticism of former Britain’s Got Talent judge Piers.

      Broadcasting regulator Ofcom revealed on Tuesday they had received 41,015 complaints about Monday’s episode of the show, prompting them to launch an investigation under their “harm and offence rules”.

      Senior execs at the broadcaster were also concerned that his comments clashed with their landmark mental health campaign Get Britain Talking – prompting criticism from charity Mind.

      An ITV source said: “Piers was not going to back down. He was asked to make an apology but refused. He says he is entitled to his opinion and is always going to stand by it.

    • Joseph Gamp

      WHAT DID ALEX BERESFORD SAY ON GMB?

      Speaking on GMB yesterday, 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.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      WHAT HAPPENED WITH PIERS MORGAN ON GOOD MORNING BRITAIN?

      Piers stormed off set during the huge row on Tuesday morning after Alex criticised him for his reaction to Meghan's claims she contemplated suicide and was racially abused by the Royal Family.

      But Piers said he was not willing to apologise, and walked – bringing an immediate end to his six-year stint on the morning show.

      He took to Twitter this morning to say he still doesn’t believe what Meghan said during her bombshell Oprah interview.

      Piers said he has had time to reflect and came to that decision before thanking people for “all the love, and hate”.

      He also quoted Sir Winston Churchill and signed off by writing: “I’m off to spend more time with my opinions."

    • Joseph Gamp

      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.”

      Piers has since quit the ITV breakfast show.

    • Joseph Gamp

      EXPLAINED: HOW MEGHAN AND PIERS MORGAN FIRST MET

      Piers and Meghan first got in contact after he followed her on Twitter and she messaged him saying she was a fan of his.

      The pair messaged for a while, and when Meghan visited the UK to watch Serena Williams at Wimbledon they met for a drink.

      Piers later revealed: “We had two hours in the pub, she had a couple of dirty martinis and pints – we got on brilliantly. Then I put her in a cab, and it turns out it was the cab that took her to a party where she met Prince Harry.

      “The next night they had a solo dinner and that was the last I ever heard from Meghan Markle. I never heard from her again – Meghan Markle ghosted me.”

      Piers said he was “ditched like a sack of spuds!”

    • Joseph Gamp

      CELEBRITIES INCLUDING GARY LINEKER RALLY AROUND PIERS

      Piers Morgan's celebrity pals rallied around him following his sensational GMB exit – includingSharon Osborne and Gary Lineker.

      The TV host, 55, quit the ITV breakfast show after bosses asked him to publicly apologise under the pressure of more than 40,000 Ofcom complaints.

      Read more here.

    • Joseph Gamp

      PIERS CLARIFIES HIS VIEWS ON MENTAL HEALTH AFTER MEGHAN COMMENTS

      Piers took a moment to clarify his views on mental health after the backlash – before he quit.

      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.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      RANVIR SINGH REPLACES PIERS ON GOOD MORNING BRITAIN

      Ranvir Singh is filling in after Piers Morgan sensationally quit GMB last nignt.

      She said that she was glad to be there to support Susanna throughout today’s episode as his replacement, adding: “It can’t be easy”.

      Meanwhile, Susanna looked emotional when she first arrived in the studio, and admitted that though she often disagreed with Piers, he will be missed.

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      OFCOM INVESTIGATING PIERS MORGAN COMMENTS

      OFcom, the broadcast regulator, is investigating Piers Morgan.

      It comes after the outspoken presenter received 41,000 complaints over his comments about Meghan Markle.

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      PIERS RESIGNED AFTER REFUSING TO APOLOGISE ON AIR

      Piers Morgan dramatically quit Good Morning Britain after ITV bosses asked him to publicly apologise under the pressure of more than 40,000 Ofcom complaints.

      The TV host, 55, resigned after senior execs said they wanted him to say sorry on air following his heated clash with the show’s weatherman Alex Beresford, 40, over Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

      Piers stormed off set during the huge row with his GMB co-star on Tuesday morning after Alex criticised for his reaction to Meghan’s claims she contemplated suicide and was racially abused by the royal family.

      But Piers said he was not willing to apologise, and walked — bringing an immediate end to his six-year stint on the morning show.

      His co-host Susanna Reid, 50, was seen in tears after a series of heated meetings at ITV’s studios in Television Centre, West London.

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