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 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.”
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RANVIR SINGH SAYS ‘I KNOW WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND’ AS SHE PRESENTS GMB WITHOUT PIERS MORGAN
Ranvir was the one to kick off the show at 6am, telling viewers that they will “discuss what’s on their mind” once her co-star joined half an hour later.
GMB WILL BE ‘QUIETER’ WITHOUT PIERS, SAYS LORRAINE KELLY
Piers Morgan’s colleague Lorraine Kelly says that GMB will be “quieter” and “calmer” without the controversial host, after he quit the show.
Speaking on The One Show this evening Lorraine, who has worked with Piers at ITV for several years, said: “To be honest he did email me about 20 minutes ago and that was the first I’d heard about it.
“I thought I was going to see him because I was going to go on GMB to talk about the documentary.
“‘No I’m gone’, he said. I don’t know anymore details than that. It’s certainly going to be quieter.
“But you know what we all wish him well. We wish him the best. It’ll be calmer, I think.”
PIERS’ SON SPENCER SAYS: ‘TEAM PIERS. ALWAYS, FOREVER’
Spencer Morgan was quick to defend his dad following the announcement of his departure from Good Morning Britain.
He tweeted: “Team Piers. Always, forever.”
A host of celebrities and adversaries have paid tribute to the former GMB presenter.
WHAT HAVE SHARON OSBOURNE AND GARY LINEKER SAID ABOUT PIERS MORGAN’S SENSATIONAL GMB EXIT?
Sharon Osbourne said: “I am with you. I stand by you. People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth.”
Football pundit Gary Lineker added: “Whether it’s a football manager, a television presenter or any profession for that matter, it’s always sad when someone loses their job.
“@piersmorgan is excellent at what he does and I’m sure he’ll be back on the telly soon.”
CRICKETER KEVIN PIETERSON SAYS PIERS MORGAN IS ‘A F****** LEGEND’
Cricket star Kevin Pieterson said: “I know @piersmorgan away from TV and twitter.
“He’s a f*g legend, who is loyal, funny, caring and so much fun to be around!
“Hope you’re ok, buddy!”
‘MY WORK IS DONE’: PIERS MORGAN JOKES GMB BEAT BBC BREAKFAST RATINGS ‘FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER’
Piers Morgan has just tweeted: “BREAKING NEWS: Good Morning Britain beat BBC Breakfast in the ratings yesterday for the first time.
“My work is done.”
It comes after the former GMB host was pictured laughing ans smiling with reporters outside of his London home this morning.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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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.
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.
Piers Morgan left his London house with his daughter this morning
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!!!!”
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.”
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.
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.
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….”
TRANSPORT SECRETARY GRANT SHAPPS SAYS HE WILL MISS ‘FAIR’ BROADCASTER PIERS MORGAN AFTER PRESENTER’S GMB EXIT
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.”
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.
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.”
WHAT HAPPENED WITH PIERS MORGAN ON GOOD MORNING BRITAIN?
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.”
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.
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