PIERS Morgan tweeted “my work is done” after Good Morning Britain beat BBC Breakfast’s ratings for the first time in history yesterday.
The 55-year-old star sensationally quit the ITV show last night, but was sure to go out with a bang.
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Piers was thrilled to go out with a bangCredit: Rex Features
Taking to his social media page this morning, the TV presenter wrote: “BREAKING NEWS: Good Morning Britain beat BBC Breakfast in the ratings yesterday for the first time.”
Piers went on to add: “My work is done. ?”
Good Morning Britain beat BBC Breakfast in the ratings battle for the first time in history yesterdayCredit: Instagram
Piers has a long-running rivalry with host Dan WalkerCredit: Instagram
He said his ‘work is done’
Piers was heavily criticised for his coverage of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s bombshell Oprah interview, and claimed that the Duchess was lying about being suicidal and struggling with her mental health.
Piers was visibly fuming during the discussion, and remained off-air for almost 20 minutes – later tweeting that he needed to “cool down”.
Alex, 40, hit a nerve when he said that Piers’ issue with Meghan was off the back of his personal grudge after she only met him for one drink before allegedly “cutting him off”.
Piers faced criticism for lashing out at Meghan Markle on Monday’s GMBCredit: Rex Features
He accused Meghan of lying about her mental health battle – prompting over 41,000 Ofcom complaintsCredit: Harpo Productions/This Morning, CBS
When the star returned to the studio, he lashed out at the weather presenter for being “derogatory” about a work colleague.
He seethed: “What we need to do is talk about it in a civilised manner, considering we work on the same show on the same team.”
Alex insisted at the time that he “respected” his co-star as he said that he isn’t accusing Piers of being racist – and later took to Twitter to say he couldn’t “sit on the fence” on such sensitive issues as he thanked fans for their support.
Co-star Alex Beresford confronted him on his comments yesterdayCredit: ITV
Furious Piers stormed off the show
The Sun revealed last night that Piers chose to quit Good Morning Britain entirely after top execs ordered him to apologise to Alex on air.
ITV bosses were also concerned that his comments about Meghan’s mental health clashed with their landmark campaign Get Britain Talking after it prompted criticism from leading charity Mind.
A source told us: “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.
Piers chose to quit rather than apologise on airCredit: Rex Features
Susanna paid emotional tribute to him on today’s show
“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.”
They went on: “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.”