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Piers Morgan has admitted that he is "delighted" after Ofcom found that he was not in breach of regulations with his Meghan Markle comments on Good Morning Britain.
The journalist even asked for his old ITV job back following the result – which has come six months after he left GMB following the backlash against his remarks about Meghan.
The former GMB anchor, 56, was investigated by the broadcast regulator after his remarks about the Duchess sparked a record-breaking number of complaints, with a record 58,000 complaints about his comments about Meghan.
The controversial incident even led to Piers leaving his GMB Job – after he dramatically stormed off of the set during a bitter row with his co-star Alex Beresford about the royal.
However, Ofcom concluded on Wednesday that Piers was not in breach of their broadcasting code.
In their report, the regulator stated that Piers was "entitled to say he disbelieved the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's allegations", after he slammed their claims live on air.
Reacting to the decision publicly, Piers was delighted and quickly took to social media to celebrate – and hit out at Meghan.
Taking to Twitter, he announced that he was "delighted" with the ruling, and described the decision as a "resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchio,", referring to the Duchess herself.
He wrote: "I’m delighted OFCOM has endorsed my right to disbelieve the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s incendiary claims to Oprah Winfrey, many of which have proven to be untrue.
"This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios. Do I get my job back?"
Explaining their decision, Ofcom insisted that despite Morgan's comments being "potentially harmful and offensive", broadcasters can include such opinions as part of a legitimate debate in the public interest.
Their full summary read: "This was a finely-balanced decision. Mr Morgan's comments were potentially harmful and offensive to viewers, and we recognise the strong public reaction to them. But we also took full account of freedom of expression.
"Under out rules, broadcasters can include controversial opinions as part of legitimate debate in the public interest, and the strong challenge to Mr Morgan from other contributors provided important context for viewers."
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They added that they've reminded ITV to take "greater care" around content discussing mental health and suicide in future.
The regulator cited that Piers was allowed to say that he disbelieved her allegations under freedom of expression.
Ofcom said: "The code allows for individuals to express strongly held and robustly argued views, including those that are potentially harmful or highly offensive, and for broadcasters to include these in their programming.
"The restriction of such views would, in our view, be an unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression both of the broadcaster and the audience.
The complaints to Ofcom came after two episodes of Good Morning Britain which aired on the 8 and 9 of March – the mornings before and after Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview was shown in the UK.
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In the CBS Oprah interview, Meghan had opened up about her mental health struggles, stating that she "didn't want to be alive anymore" – but that she did not receive adequate help from Buckingham Palace.
She also alleged that an anonymous member of the Royal Family had questioned "how dark" their son Archie's skin could be.
However, Piers blasted Meghan the next day by saying that he did not "believe a word she said", and later walked off the programme after clashing with Alex Beresford who had defended Meghan.
It was then announced that Piers would be leaving the show that evening.
ITV's statement at the time read: "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 Daily Star have approached ITV for comment.
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- Meghan Markle
- Piers Morgan
- Good Morning Britain
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